Liverpool Signing Thiago Has Led To "Many Unhappy Faces" In The Dressing Room
The Spaniard signed from Bayern Munich last week and made his debut as a second half substitute in Sunday's 2-0 win over Chelsea.
He oozed quality on the ball and offered something completely different to Jurgen Klopp's side.
Despite the 29-year-old's presence being a huge coup for The Reds, Danny Murphy thinks it could have a negative impact on the club's other midfielders.
"There is no doubt in my mind Thiago Alcantara is coming to Liverpool as a first XI player - I doubt very much he's had any conversations with Jurgen Klopp about sitting on the bench this season," he wrote in the Daily Mail.
"He has great feet, passes well, has super awareness and can play in any of the midfield positions. I don't see any risk at under £30 million because he only had a year left on his Bayern contract.
"I do think Gini Wijnaldum's departure has an air of inevitability about it now because Liverpool will have seven or eight players challenging for three positions, which means too many unhappy faces for the balance of the squad."
Wijnaldum is strongly linked with a move to Barcelona and new manager Ronald Koeman is a huge fan of the Dutchman, who he previously managed at international level.
Despite Murphy's worries, Klopp doesn't anticipate any of his midfielders kicking up a fuss.
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"They cannot all play in the same moment, that is true. But you cannot keep a player happy by yourself. I am not worried about that," he stated per TeamTalk.
"Some don't have the opportunity to come on and that is the squad for a matchday, that is how it is.
"But my job is to show the players how important they are in pretty much every moment. In training, in the line-up, on the bench, or a week later in the same situation.
"I cannot prepare for a normal season when a season is not normal. That just doesn't work.
"If everyone is fit, rotation is absolutely necessary because it just doesn't work otherwise.
"We just have to try and make sure we can deal with this situation. So yes, I want my players happy but we cannot make them happy. They are a big part of that as well."
Thiago completed a whopping 75 passes against Chelsea, which was more than any of Frank Lampard's side managed across 90 minutes.
Even more impressive is the fact he had just one training session with his new teammates prior to the weekend's clash at Stamford Bridge.
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