Georginio Wijnaldum has been full of praise for new Liverpool signing Thiago Alcantara – despite the fact the Spanish midfielder could be set to take his place in the team.
Thiago joined the Reds from Bayern Munich for a fee of £27m last month, and huge things are expected of the player given his superb performances in Germany in recent years.
Wijnaldum, meanwhile, was strongly linked with a move to Barcelona this summer, and with his contract set to expire at the end of the season it is not yet known if he plans to stick around at Anfield or not.
Some believe he may see his game time limited in the near future following the capture of Thiago, given that the two play in the same position, and also think he is the long-term successor to Wijnaldum on Merseyside.
But speaking to the Liverpool’s official website about the new signing, there did not seem to be any hint of competitiveness or envy coming from Wijnaldum.
When asked about what most impresses him about Thiago, Wijnaldum replied: “I saw him play for years now, I played against him when we played against Bayern, and the awareness he has on the pitch, the confidence he has on the ball and the way he manages to let the team play is unbelievable.
“He’s such a quality player that is going to make this team even better than we were before. So, I’m really happy, everyone is really happy, to have him here. He’s also happy to be here.
“I think it’s a perfect match: Liverpool and Thiago.”
Along with Thiago, Liverpool also brought in forward Diogo Jota from Wolves and left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas from Olympiacos in the transfer window.
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And Wijnaldum is clearly pleased with their business over the summer, adding: “They already showed at their previous clubs that they are really good players and we are really happy to have them here, because they make the squad better.
“With them, we have a bigger squad; I think you need that during a season.
“But the most important thing is that they are quality players and that makes the team even better than we were before. I’m really happy with the signings. They are also good personalities, good people – they totally fit into the team we have.”
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