I really can't understand how you decided that Tiago is world class. Can you define world class, please?Thiago is one of the best players in the world in his position, at 29 is probably around his peak right now and is available for way below market value due to only having 1 year left on his contract.
Makes much more sense to sign him for the rumored fee than paying more money for a worse player like those you mention. I wouldn't put any of those you mention in the same bracket as Thiago, some good young players with world class potential sure but I wouldn't expect any of them to have the instant impact that Thiago potentially could.
Also with Lallana definitely leaving plus Milner and Gini potentially moving on in another 12 months (hopefully not) we could do much worse than sign a midfielder with the experience and quality that Thiago undoubtedly has.
If it doesn't happen, so be it, but I can't get my head around you actively hoping we don't go out and sign a proven world class player and instead hope for even Gundouzi who for me would rank lower than Curtis Jones in our squad.
Tiago is not even a starter for Spain and he has never been, you know that fact.
It is also interesting how you decided that the players I mentioned are worse than Tiago. No facts, just your opinion. Well, can you explain why a world class player spent the decisive part the season behind Goretzka and Kimmich and his stats this season are worse than both Goretzka and Kimmich? You think that Flick is a fool, because he prefers two young German players instead of 29 years old Alcantara?
Maybe Tiago was playing at a great level 3-4 seasons ago, but to name him world class at the moment is simply not true. World class midfielders for example are - de Bruyne, Kroos, or Busquets.
Players who perform at the highest level for many seasons, playing regularly every season and winning trophies, leading by example amd being important part of their national team.
As I said for his entire career Tiago has never started more than 27 league games and that is simply not good enough, meaning that even when he played most he still missed almost 1/3 of the season.
Tiago is a very good player, but he has never won the champions league with Bayern Mincih /where he was supposed to be important player/ and has never been one of Bayern's leaders. For the last 7-8 years Robben, Ribery, Muller, Lewandowski, Neuer have been their leading players on and off the pitch. Even Xabi Alonso played at a similar level to Tiago at the end of his career. If you don't belive me, just ask our German friends here...
As I said he was never a starter for Spain. If he was a world class player like Xavi, Iniesta ot Busquets, you just know that he would start every game for La Roja. And his injury record will really make the physios busy, if they thought that there will be more rest for them after Lallana, Clyne and Lovren left.
And I don't know why you think that Milner is leaving, he signed a two year contract, plays important part for us and is one of Klopp's most trusted players. Leeds coming back in PL means nothing about Millie. And we will see what is going to happen with Gini,