James Rodríguez, Thiago Alcântara, Thomas Partey and Kai Havertz are the standout signings of the summer
It looked as if Liverpool were prepared to go all summer without a significant signing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but then Thiago Alcântara arrived from Bayern Munich in a cut-price £20m deal. Jürgen Klopp’s side have not just strengthened their midfield. They have signed perhaps the best player in the world in his position. A major part of Liverpool’s recent success has been their ability to pick up players on the verge of becoming world beaters. In Thiago, they have a player who is already a superstar. He showed his class on his debut, making 75 passes in the second half against Chelsea – the most passes completed by a player in a single half of Premier League football since Opta started recording passing statistics in 2003-04.