Klopp has stressed that no one in the squad’s future will be negatively impacted by Thiago’s arrival, in terms of then being sold on.
Speaking to The Athletic’s James Pearce, Klopp revealed the signing of Thiago looks promising, whilst confirming that it does not mean anyone needs to leave the club.
Klopp: "If it happens then I can say it will have no impact on anyone's future in a negative way. It doesn't mean that someone needs to leave."
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) September 18, 2020
Gini Wijnaldum, who plays in Thiago’s position, has been linked with a move to Barcelona this summer. However, Klopp’s statement does suggest that he could now be staying at Anfield despite a possible incoming in his area of the pitch.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Wijnaldum has been an important player in Liverpool’s team over the past few seasons and keeping him at the club could be a good decision by Klopp, even if Thiago does arrive at Anfield. The Dutch midfielder has played in at least 30 Premier League games in all four of his seasons at the club, proving that Klopp trusts him enough to play regularly in midfield and produce consistent performances.
Whilst Thiago is potentially coming in as competition for one of the three spots in central midfield, it is good to have options for Klopp to rotate. Wijnaldum has done enough to be a regular starter over the years, which suggests that he could be equally as valuable as a rotation option or as competition for Thiago if he comes in. This is why keeping Wijnaldum at the club could be the correct call, because he is a proven Premier League midfielder who knows what it takes to perform at this level.
So, hopefully, Klopp’s words ring true at the end of the window and Wijnaldum is still a Liverpool player and an important part of the team/squad going forward. Given the reasons listed above, he could still play a key role this season if Liverpool retain their Premier League title.