Liverpool started negotiations with €50m-rated Spain international

Reds have been told how they can fit reported transfer target, Thiago Alcantara, into their starting line-up. Spain international has emerged as a possible signing for the PL champions this summer after entering the final year of his deal.

Thiago has already told Bundesliga giants he wants to move on, and the Reds are the standout front runners for his signature. The Merseyside giants already have a wealth of midfielders at their disposal, with £54m-man Naby Keita even struggling to force his way into the German manager’s first-choice line-up.

But ex-Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson feels Thiago would work his way into contention for a starting berth, providing Jurgen made a slight tweak to his system. The German tactician has been decidedly coy on talks linking Reds with the Spaniard, who is valued at nearly £30m due to the length of time remaining on his deal.

Glen said: “When you play against certain opponents if he was given the free role as like a no.10 and let’s say Fabinho and Henderson in front of the back four then I could see that working wonders because he’s a fantastic player and he can open up defences.”

Jurgen Klopp has already suggested the club won’t be making major moves in the transfer market due to financial constraints, but Johnson believes it is imperative they add reinforcements, despite their recent success.

“Every team needs to strengthen,” he said. “Not so much in the starting line-up but just in the situation where they get two or three injuries early on then they’re going to need a bigger squad that can push the first team.”