Thiago Alcantara is expected to join Liverpool imminently though the midfielder has warned that he might not be a guaranteed starter at Anfield.

Thiago has been linked with a switch from Bayern Munich for the majority of the summer and a €30m deal is believed to be close.

He will have plenty of competition in the Reds midfield though with Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita and Fabinho all regulars.

That’s despite Jurgen Klopp often playing just three in the middle of the park with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino ahead of them.

And ESPN FC pundit Craig Burley has warned Thiago that he won’t be guaranteed minutes immediately at the Premier League champions.

He said: “I’m sure he’s going to play, but I don’t think it’ll be as simple as him coming in and waltzing into this Liverpool team.

“We’ve seen over the period of a couple of months, the rhetoric has been bandied about that Jordan Henderson could sit out or this or that.

Thiago Alcantara has been linked with Liverpool all summer
Thiago Alcantara has been linked with Liverpool all summer

“Jordan Henderson has just lifted the Champions League, Premier League, and Football Writers’ Player of the Year.

“Yeah he doesn’t have the same skill-set of Thiago but he has plenty of other huge aspects of his game that are a huge part of why Liverpool have been so successful.

“It’s not just a case of chucking a Jordan Henderson or Georginio Wijnaldum out of the side. He’s going to have to fight for his place.

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“I think that’s part of the reason why Jurgen Klopp brought him in, it’s going to make some of the other players in the dressing room sit up and say ‘wow, if we don’t play well, we could be out the side next week.’

“A team at the top of the table needs that, they need fresh faces, they need fresh impotence, and this player gives them exactly that.”