Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara wanted to join Manchester United before Jurgen Klopp's side expressed an interest, according to Rio Ferdinand.
Thiago has been in wonderful form for the Quadruple chasing side of late. The Spanish maestro recorded more successful passes than Everton’s entire team during the Reds' dominant 2-0 victory in the Merseyside derby.
These impressive passing statistics suggests the former Bayern Munich ace has finally found his magical feet, after an injury-ridden start to life at the club. However, things could have been very different as Ferdinand claims the Spanish international initially wanted to join the Red Devils.
“Yea I spoke to him,” Ferdinand said to Vibe With Five when asked as to whether he had spoken to Thiago before. “He spoke perfect English, great guy. He wanted to come to United.
“But you look at him now and he could not be happier.” United had been linked with a move for the Spaniard in 2013, when David Moyes had only just taken over the reins from Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, then Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola managed to coerce him over to the Bundesliga, while the Red Devils had to settle for Marouane Fellaini. Seven years later, Liverpool paid the Bundesliga giants £20million to bring the now 31-year-old to Anfield.
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A series of injuries, not just to Thiago but other key players such as Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez, resulted in the Spaniard having to regularly alternate position. But things could not be more different now, as he is the pace setter in a Liverpool side that is going for an unprecedented Quadruple winning campaign.
And Ferdinand believes Thiago is the perfect example as to why players and managers from other leagues need time to adapt to the demands of the Premier League. “With Thiago, you could have probably gone to a huge, huge amount of the fan base at Liverpool, and it would have said after last season ‘he isn’t good enough’,” Ferdinand added.
“They may have said ‘he ain’t the player we thought he was. Playing in the German league, slowing us down, let’s get him out’.
“I saw ex-players and pundits, talking about getting him out as he doesn’t play the ball forward or that he was not ready made for this league.
“Players need time, and it goes back to this thing with managers at Man United as well, the club needs to give managers at the club patience. Clubs and fans need to give players, ones from other leagues especially, patience.”
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