So Thiago Alcantara is finally a Liverpool player.
The Reds officially announced the signing of the Spaniard yesterday afternoon and the arrival of the 29-year-old will take Jurgen Klopp’s midfield to a new level in 2020/21.
Creative, immensely skilful and more than willing to do the dirty work, Thiago really is the complete midfield package.
Once he’s fully settled in at Anfield, the former Bayern Munich man will occupy one of the three positions in the middle of the park alongside Fabinho and club captain Jordan Henderson.
Is that the best midfield three on the planet? It’s certainly up there and with that in mind, we’ve decided to rank what we believe to be the nine best midfield trios in European football.
The likes of Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund miss out by virtue of the fact that they rarely operate with a three-man midfield.
9. Paris Saint-Germain
Marco Verratti, Ander Herrera & Leandro Paredes
Verratti is the standout man in PSG’s midfield, while Herrera and Paredes are both very tidy players. However, the lack of creative threat from the trio is often an issue for the French giants and it’s abundantly clear that Thomas Tuchel’s side need to sign a playmaker.
Rodrigo Bentancur, Adrien Rabiot & Arthur Melo
New manager Andrea Pirlo is reportedly not a fan of Aaron Ramsey, so this is the midfield three we think the Italian legend will go with. There’s copious amounts of talent there and Juve fans will be hoping Arthur can hit the ground running in Turin.
Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong & Miralem Pjanic
With Busquets approaching the end of his career and De Jong taking time to settle in Catalonia, Barca’s midfield is a pale shadow of what it used to be right now. It remains to be seen whether Pjanic will be a success under Ronald Koeman following his move from Juventus.
6. Man Utd
Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba & Bruno Fernandes
Fernandes is among the best in the world these days and there are few midfielders with more natural talent than the enigmatic Pogba. Matic is still an effective presence in the middle of the park, but he’s not world-class anymore and that’s why United sit in sixth on our list.
N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic & Kai Havertz
No one intercepts the ball quite like Kante and Kovacic’s ball retention is up there with the very best. It’s impossible to predict whether Havertz will actually be a success following his £72m to Stamford Bridge. On paper, he appears to be final piece in Chelsea’s midfield puzzle.
4. Real Madrid
Casemiro, Toni Kroos & Luka Modric
Los Blancos’ tried and tested trio are as good as ever, helping Zinedine Zidane’s side win La Liga last season. Casemiro and Kroos are playing some of the best football of their careers, while Modric is still as good as ever. When age finally gets the better of the Croatian, Real have Fede Valverde waiting in the wings.
3. Manchester City
Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne & Phil Foden
The brilliance of De Bruyne is what takes City just above Real Madrid in our books. Rodri is also a fine player at the base of Pep Guardiola’s midfield, while Foden is one of the best young players in the world and looks set to be a first-team regular in 2020/21 after David Silva’s exit.
2. Bayern Munich
Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka & Thomas Muller
Even without Thiago, Bayern’s midfield is immensely strong, especially the partnership between Kimmich and Goretzka. Muller’s renaissance under Hansi Flick has helped transform the German side into the all-conquering machine we see today.
Fabinho, Jordan Henderson & Thiago Alcantara
The signing of Thiago is one that transforms Liverpool’s midfield into the best in the business. Fabinho, Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum were effective s a trio, but the latter is nowhere near the level of the Reds’ new Spanish maestro.
Liverpool and City’s midfield battles are going to be brilliant to watch in 2020/21!
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