John Barnes warns Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp over Thiago transfer

John Barnes warns Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp over Thiago transfer

Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for Thiago (Picture: Getty)

John Barnes has warned Liverpool against signing Thiago and says his former club do not need to make any ‘huge signings’ this summer.

The Reds stormed to their first domestic title in 30 years this season, with Jurgen Klopp’s side finishing the campaign 18 points above second-placed Manchester City in the Premier League table.

With Liverpool also clinching the Champions League last year, it has been a fantastic period for the Reds and they will be eyeing more success with the 2020-21 season starting in just over a month.

The Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder Thiago has emerged as Liverpool’s top target this summer but Barnes doubts whether such a move if necessary.

He told BBC Sport: ‘With the midfield being very workmanlike, they are a lot of points better off than everybody else.

‘The reason you can have two full-backs attacking at the same time and three strikers is because they have three hard-working midfielders to protect that situation.

The Bayern Munich midfielder is said to be keen on a move to Anfield (Picture: Getty)

‘If you get another creative midfielder and you want your full-backs and front three to attack, then maybe you are going to concede more goals.

‘Manchester City have got how many creative players in their midfield? But Liverpool finished 20-odd points ahead of them.

‘Maybe Man City should say: “Let’s get more hard-working players in midfield so we can catch Liverpool.”’

Barnes added: ‘I don’t even think it is the coronavirus pandemic. I don’t necessarily think they need to make huge signings.

‘Jurgen Klopp likes the harmony of the squad. Maybe he has to get more squad signings but not big-name signings necessarily going into the first XI.’

Last week, Dimitar Berbatov also questioned Liverpool’s move for Thiago and urged Klopp to sign Kalidou Koulibaly instead.

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