James Rodríguez, Thiago Alcântara, Thomas Partey and Kai Havertz are the standout signings of the summer

By Josh Wright for WhoScored

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.

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