Chelsea vs Liverpool: Frank Lampard hails 'world-class' Thiago Alcantara with Reds signing in line for debut

Simon Collings
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Liverpool FC via Getty Images
Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Liverpool have signed “an absolute world-class midfielder” by bringing in Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.

That is according to Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, whose side face Liverpool on Sunday when they welcome them to Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool signed the Spain midfielder on Friday, paying an initial fee of just £20million to lure him away from Bayern with a further £5m in add-ons.

The deal was done in time to enable the 29-year-old to make a shock debut for Liverpool against Chelsea this weekend.

The Blues know first-hand how devastating Thiago can be, with the Spaniard playing a key role in Bayern's Champions League last-16 aggregate victory over them last season, and Lampard has hailed him as one of the best midfielders in the world right now.

Thiago helped Bayern sweep aside Lampard's Chelsea in the Champions League last season Photo: Bongarts/Getty Images
Thiago helped Bayern sweep aside Lampard's Chelsea in the Champions League last season Photo: Bongarts/Getty Images

“Thiago is an incredible player,” said Lampard, speaking hours before Thiago’s move to Liverpool was announced on Friday.

“As you say we saw him first-hand - quality on the pitch, personality on the pitch and off the pitch.

“The quotes from Hansi Flick this week have been talking about him on both fronts and when you hear that from their manager, who has just such success with him at the centre of the team, I think it speaks for itself.

“He is an absolute world-class midfielder in the modern day. If he does come to the Premier League it will be a big plus and a big plus for the team that he comes to.”

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