Thiago Alcantara's admiration for Liverpool was clear when he spoke about the Reds at a press conference at Anfield last year.

The Bayern Munich midfielder is being strongly linked with the new Premier League champions this summer, with Jurgen Klopp refusing to deny the rumour when he spoke after the Reds' 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

"Would you be surprised if I didn't answer?" said Klopp. 

"He's a good player I like a lot but like many others out there."

The 29-year-old seems certain to leave Bayern this summer after it was confirmed by both chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and manager Hansi Flick that the former Barcelona midfielder would like to embrace a new challenge. 

Thiago appeared as a late substitute in Saturday's 4-2 DFB-Pokal final victory over Bayer Leverkusen in Berlin, and is set to be involved in the latter stages of the Champions League when they resume next month.