Gini Wijnaldum, who cost £25m in 2016, has been singing the praises of recent Liverpool transfer Thiago Alcantara, claiming that he is the “perfect match” for the club.
In a recent interview posted via the official LFC Instagram, the Dutch midfielder has tipped his new teammate to play a huge part in Liverpool’s success moving forwards. Indeed, Thiago was one man that fans were desperate to see join the club after months of ongoing speculation.
“He’s such a quality player that is going to make this team even better than we were before,” Wijnaldum said. “So, I’m really happy, everyone is really happy, to have him here. He’s also happy to be here.”
Jurgen Klopp’s midfield has been in need of a makeover for some time. Since the eagle-eyed Philippe Coutinho left for Barcelona, Liverpool have been without a stand-out creative midfielder to assist the front three. The Brazilian’s ability to score from way outside the area is a trait the Premier League title holders could hugely benefit from this season as they look to hold onto their crown.
Thiago’s presence has already lifted spirits despite the fact he is currently sidelined due to illness. But upon his return, he may begin the process of edging teammate Wijnaldum out of the starting line-up.
As it stands, the Netherlands international is yet to pen a new deal with the club, despite talks of a move to Barcelona being debunked by the player himself. He now has less than 12 months left on his current contract and could be leaving the club next season as a free agent. For now at least, it certainly seems to look this way and Wijnaldum’s comments may only confirm it.
Should the two part ways, it will be done with the greatest respect for each other and his recent praise for Thiago, who Klopp has already labelled as “world class”, only indicates that whilst he may personally seek a new chapter, he wants nothing but the best for Liverpool.