Zorc addresses Haaland rumours, Liverpool sent very exciting Thiago message and Mane tips striker for big transfer

Mane tips Dia for big move, exciting Thiago message sent and Zorc addresses Haaland rumours in Liverpool roundup…..

Thiago Alcantara is capable of replicating the success he enjoyed at Bayern Munich with Liverpool says Xabi Alonso.

After deciding that he wanted a fresh challenge in the game after seven successful seasons at Bayern, it was Liverpool that won the race for Thiago in the transfer window, and managed to secure a transfer deal for just £27 million.

But After offering glimpses of what he is capable of in early appearances, a bout of Covid-19 and an unfortunate injury have kept the experienced star stuck on the sidelines, which has deprived the fans of seeing the brilliant star pull the strings in the middle of the pitch

However, Alonso has opened up and backed Thiago to replicate the success that he enjoyed during his time with Bayern: “I have loved watching Thiago Alcantara, the way he has been able to connect with the attacking players, helping to defend with his special qualities,” Alonso told UEFA’s official website.

“He’s a great friend, but above that, he’s become one of the best midfielders, and he’s a fabulous, intelligent, interesting, fun guy to be around in a training session and a dressing room.

“He loves football; he shows that with his personality and with the way he plays. He’s able to connect with his team-mates very easily. He’s done it fantastically at Bayern, and I feel that he’s going to do it in the same way at Liverpool, and I love it.”

Borussia Dortmund director Michael Zorc has dismissed the ongoing transfer rumours surrounding Liverpool-linked striker Erling Haaland.

The 20-year-old has hit a staggering 33 goals in his first 31 outings for BVB across all competitions, and he is now considered to be one of the most deadly strikers in the game, and certainly in the Bundesliga.

Liverpool, along with the likes of Real Madrid, are reportedly ready to pay the big money to try and secure a deal at the end of the season, with reports suggesting that it could cost one of the clubs close to £100 million to nail down his services.

However, Zorc is paying no attention to the speculation surrounding the ex-Salzburg star’s future, as he told a press conference on BILD: “We plan for the long term with Erling. [Rumours] do not have to be dealt with at all.

“I will see him with us for a long time.”

Asked if it is important to carefully manage the weight of expectation on Haaland’s shoulders at this stage of his career, the Dortmund chief responded: “You don’t have to ground him at all.

“He exudes such a positive dynamic. Why should we slow it down now?

“He is leading the way, that is very good for us. I do not believe in artificially slowing positive developments.”

Liverpool star Sadio Mane has backed Newcastle target Boulaye Dia to earn a move away from Stade Reims.

Steve Bruce managed to secure some decent transfer deals over the summer, and managed to also secure a deal for Callum Wilson, who has enjoyed a very productive start to life with the Toon.

However, with the winter window just a few weeks away, the speculation has arisen that Bruce may look to add another striker to the attack as Joelington is failing to impress again this season, with Dia on the list, reportedly.

The striker – who tops the Ligue 1 scoring charts so far this season – has confirmed that he would like to play in the Premier League in the future, and is attracting all the right interest with his performances for the French outfit.

Dia only made his international debut last month and it was the first time Mane had come across the 24-year-old and the Liverpool star has been left impressed with what he has seen.

“I didn’t know him before, but since the start of the season I’ve started following him,” Mane told Le 10 Sport.

“And I’m really impressed with his qualities.

“I think he will not last there, he will not just stay in Reims believe me!”

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