Former defender claims Liverpool man will be ‘signing of the season’

Former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique thinks the club’s new midfield “magician” Thiago Alcantara will be the signing of the season in the Premier League.

Thiago joined the Reds for £25million after being heavily linked with the club throughout the summer.

The 29-year-old is one of the best central midfielders in the world and should bring more creativity to Jurgen Klopp’s midfield.

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And Enrique, who played for Liverpool for five years at left-back, has fully endorsed the signing of his compatriot.

“He’s a phenomenal player. He’s a top midfielder but he’s also a magician in the way that [Philippe] Coutinho was,” Enrique told the Daily Mail.

“I can see him alongside Jordan Henderson and Fabinho in midfield, giving the team something they didn’t have before. It says a lot about where the club is right now that someone who is an important player at Bayern Munich wants to come and play for Liverpool.”

He added: “Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri are good players but we were missing someone who, if he adapts, can reach the level of the other three forwards. Now with [Diogo] Jota, it would not be as serious a problem if one of the others were out for a longer period.

“I think [Jurgen] Klopp has the best squad he has had since he has been at the club, and he will make the signings better players. He makes all of them better players.

“It’s difficult to improve someone who a top Bayern player but Thiago will learn new things. He will be, if not the signing, then certainly one of the signings of the season.”


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