Owen Hargreaves has claimed that Liverpool have just signed a player on par with Kevin De Bruyne, in the form of Thiago.
The Reds announced their capture of the Spain international on Friday night, following months of speculation about a move to Anfield.
Scores of Liverpool fans were filmed celebrating outside Melwood yesterday as a minivan with blacked-out windows made its way into the club’s training ground.
This is a really big signing for the Premier League champions. Just ask Hargreaves.
The former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder has claimed on BT Sport this morning that Liverpool’s addition of Thiago could be akin to Manchester City’s signing of Kevin De Bruyne.
The Belgian midfielder was the PFA Player of the Year award last term, despite City finishing second behind Jurgen Klopp’s side in the title race.
Hargreaves said on BT Sport: “For me he’s one of the top five midfielders in the world. Everybody talks about Kevin De Bruyne and his impact. He was the best in the division last year. This guy can be on that level. He’s that good.”
If Hargreaves thinks Thiago is on par with the best midfielder in England, it has to be really exciting for the Anfield club.
Although De Bruyne had a brilliant individual season under Pep Guardiola last term, Thiago had a stunning individual and collective campaign.
Last season, the former Barcelona star helped Bayern Munich to a treble which includes the Champions League – the second time he’s won that competition.
He also won seven Bundesliga titles at the Allianz Arena. In terms of pedigree, this is a massive signing for Liverpool and there’s every expectation that he could be as influential for Klopp’s side as De Bruyne is for City.