Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool: Wayne Rooney hoping Jurgen Klopp fails to complete transfer

Wayne Rooney admits he hopes Liverpool do not sign Thiago Alcantara, who he considers to be ‘one of the best midfielders around’.

The Bayern Munich midfielder has told his club he wants to leave this summer and Liverpool are understood to be his preferred choice.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has already expressed his admiration for Thiago, who is widely considered to be one of Europe’s most technically gifted players.

Manchester City and Arsenal have also been credited with an interest in Thiago and his price tag is just under £30million.

Under David Moyes in 2013, United were strongly linked with Thiago before Bayern ultimately swooped in for him.

And Rooney, who could have been lining up with Thiago at Old Trafford, has waxed lyrical about the Spanish international’s quality.

“He almost came to United in 2013 and now Liverpool are linked with him,” he wrote in The Sunday Times.

“He’s one of the best midfielders around – I just hope he doesn’t go there.

“He can take the ball, be composed on it, keep things ticking over – and he’ll put his foot in.

“He’s an all-round midfielder, really, with a bit of everything.

“He backs up that Bayern press and he drops in between the centre halves to take the ball yet can also join in when they’re playing around the other box too.

“He’s a great player. It would be great to see him in the Premier League, actually.”

Should Liverpool complete a move for Thiago, it is likely to impact the minutes Curtis Jones gets next season.

In a sign of his development into the first team, Jones has been handed a new shirt number (17) for the new campaign and speaking after Liverpool’s 3-0 friendly victory against VfB Stuttgart, the teenager says he is keen to continue his progression in the upcoming season.

“I can’t wait [for the new season], you know,” Jones told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I’ve got off to a good start, I’ve trained well, I’ve stayed fit, got an assist [and] performed well, so I just can’t wait for the next game and I’ll see what the season holds for me on a personal level.”

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