Should Liverpool swap Thiago for Kessie in January?

Stefan Bienkowski
Thiago backed to succeed at Liverpool by Xabi Alonso

Liverpool suggested in the summer transfer window that they perhaps don’t have as much money to spend in the transfer window as their Premier League rivals.

The Anfield side only made one major signing in the summer window and instead prioritised new contracts for key players, to avoid losing stars for free in the future.

As such, Jurgen Klopp & Co. may need to get inventive when it comes to filling holes in their team in the January transfer window.

According to Sport-Bild, Liverpool may then look to trade one of their current first team players in a bid to sign Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.

The German publication suggests Thiago Alcantara could be the ideal player to move on in January, but would swapping the Spaniard for his Ivorian counterpart be a good move for Liverpool?

Should Liverpool sell Thiago?

The main problem that Liverpool may have to address this season is finding a good enough replacement for Gini Wijnaldum.

The Holland international departed for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and in his absence the club have been left without a dynamic box-to-box midfielder that can attack and defend in equal measure.

In Thiago, Liverpool certainly have a player that can retain possession, create chances and even chip in with goals, but the Spaniard is by no means a box-to-box player that can cover a lot of ground.

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That could be a problem for Klopp, simply because he already has a number of players that are like that. Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Curtis Jones are all attacking midfielders, who are usually better in the opposing half than they are at snuffing out opposing attacks.

As such, Liverpool will likely be in the market for a defensive midfielder in the next window and if Kessie is available then it may make sense to trade one of their attack-minded midfielders for the Milan star.