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19-Aug-2020, 03:10 pm

Liverpool-linked Thiago wouldn't have a problem adapting to the Premier League, says Mertesacker

Thiago Bayern Munich Liverpool 2019-20

Former Arsenal defender PerMertesacker has tipped Thiago Alcantara to adapt welltothe Premier Leaguebut has cautioned that the Bayern Munich star would have work to do to become a starter at Liverpool.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said that the club are willing to sell Thiagofor a "fair transfer fee" as the midfielder continues to be linked with a move to Anfield.

Mertesacker, who featured forHannover and Werder Bremenin the Bundesligaas well as Arsenalin thePremier League during his playing career, believes Thiagowould do well with the English playing style but warned that the Spain international may not be able to instantly walk into Jurgen Klopp's team.

"I can already imagine the transfer, but the midfield axis of Liverpool is set up," Mertesacker told Goal and SPOX. "Getting in there is very ambitious, but he's a top footballer who can play anywhere. He wouldn't have any problems with the style of play in England either because he's a well-trained footballer.

"He has to adapt and sometimes do a 40-metresprint to hit a central defender, but he can. He has to decide for himself, as it may well be that he won't play a major role in the first games in Liverpool. There are still a few players ahead of him because of their achievements over the past two years."

Prior to any move away, however, Thiago and his team-mates still have the matter of this season's Champions League to occupy them.

Bayern will take on surprise package Lyon in Wednesday's semi-final and would facePSG in the final should they advance.

Following an incredible 8-2 demolition of Barcelona in the quarter final,Mertesackerexpects a different kind of match against the Ligue 1 upstarts.

"It's going to be a different game,"Mertesackersaid."Bayern have to be a little more patient. You have to move Lyon in their compactness, switch sides and get the fast wingers in two-on-one situations. In the middle Lyon will make it very compact."

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