‘I’m not sure he fits into the Jurgen Klopp style of playing’: Former Liverpool and Bayern Munich star Christian Ziege tells Thiago Alcantara to snub a move to Anfield and stay with the German champions
- Christian Ziege believes Thiago Alcantara would not be a good fit for Liverpool
- The former Reds and Bayern star has urged the Spaniard to stay in Germany
- Thiago has been heavily linked with a move to champions Liverpool this summer
Ziege, who played for the Bundesliga side for seven years, feels the Reds target would be better off with the Bavarian outfit, claiming a Premier League move would not suit him.
Former Barcelona star Thiago, seen as one of the world’s best midfielders, is keen on a move to England, with the newly-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool said to be eyeing up a £32million deal for the midfielder this summer.
Thiago Alcantara would not suit a move to Liverpool, according to ex-Reds star Christian Ziege
Ziege, who also played for Bayern, believes he should stay in Germany or move to Spain
Speaking to CaughtOffside, Ziege said he would even recommend a return to LaLiga over a transfer to the English top flight to Thiago, who he called ‘a fantastic player’.
‘I have to say I love this player,’ Ziege said. ‘He is a fantastic player but I’m not sure he fits into the Premier League and the Klopp style of playing.
‘I think where he is, Bayern Munich, is a good place for him. Or maybe a Spanish team.
‘I’m not 100% sure [about him joining Liverpool], although he is a fantastic player so he will handle it somehow.
‘I’m just not 100% sure it’s right for him.’
The Spaniard is interested in moving to England, with Liverpool reportedly eyeing up a deal
Jurgen Klopp dismissed speculation that Liverpool will move for Thiago this summer
Klopp has this week brushed aside speculation linking his side with Thiago, whose contract with Bayern ends next summer.
‘Thiago is a really good player, like a lot of other players out there I like a lot, but that’s all I have to say about it.’
As Thiago’s contract nears its end, his manager Hansi Flick said he was optimistic he could convince the player to commit his future.
‘I’m trying my best to make sure Thiago stays here and that you can convince him to stay,’ he said. ‘But that’s one thing that time will show.’
The former Barcelona star is viewed as one of the most talented midfielders in the world
‘We still have the Champions League ahead of us now and we have a lot of plans, also together with him.’
Liverpool had been in the market for another Bundesliga star in recent weeks, with forward Timo Werner expected to move to Anfield after months of speculation. However, Chelsea snapped him up for around £53m, with the Reds opting not to splash out for the Leipzig man.
Ziege, who is now the manager of Austrian side FC Pinzgau, admitted he was puzzled that Liverpool didn’t push harder for Werner, even though he would have faced a battle to start with a number of attacking options already in their ranks.
‘In the first place I was thinking “why is he going to Chelsea?” And “why is Liverpool not trying harder to get him?” he added
Liverpool were beaten to the signing of Timo Werner, who joined Chelsea in a £53million deal
‘But I think Chelsea is working through big changes and making progress through (Frank) Lampard … bringing in good new players, good young players, having success at the moment in the Premier League.
‘So it might be the right decision for him. If you come to Liverpool you have (Roberto) Firmino, (Sadio) Mane, (Mohamed) Salah, and it might be really difficult to get a place.
‘Liverpool obviously have good forwards, fantastic forwards, (but) at some stage it has to be changed, get another good player to push those guys who are there.
‘Every story ends at some point. The bigger the success you have, the more you have to think about the next step.’
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