Liverpool have increased their chances of winning the Champions League by signing Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich - and well beyond the simple fact that the Spaniard is a world-class addition to the squad.

The 29-year-old midfielder clearly has a huge amount of talent - his 45-minute showing at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon was a more than adequate start - but in signing Thiago, Liverpool will also experience a kind of knock-on effect.

Kingsley Coman was the official Man of the Match for the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and PSG in August, but Thiago was a key man in every single one of the German giant's latter stage knockout games.

The midfield maestro will be a big loss for his former club as well as a big addition for Liverpool.

And the word from Germany is that Bayern will not purchase a direct replacement, instead trusting existing squad member Corentin Tolisso to step up.

The 26-year-old Lyon academy graduate has a great deal of talent, but it would be a big leap to suggest that the Frenchman can instantly fill Thiago's shoes.

On the View From the Kop podcast, Paul Philbin said: "[Thiago's signing is] the most excited I've been since Liverpool bought Fernando Torres.

"I know Liverpool have bought big players since then - Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Alisson - but then it was because they needed them to get to the next level.

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"Bringing in Thiago, who is arguably the best midfielder in the world - him or Kevin de Bruyne - is a move to stay as being the best football team in the world.

"Normally they come to Liverpool to then go to Barcelona, Real Madrid and the elite sides in Europe - but now, Liverpool are the elite side in Europe."

Bayern had put down an offer of a new contract for Thiago, whose contract was set to expire next summer, while the Spaniard's family were settled in Germany.

But Thiago wanted a new challenge under Jurgen Klopp, in a new league, having already played in both Spain and Germany.

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As Liverpool gear up to retain their Premier League crown and go further in the Champions League than they managed last season, exiting in the last-16 at the hands of Atletico Madrid, Thiago provides a double-pronged advantage.

Not only have Liverpool added a world-class talent to their already highly-functioning roster, but they have also robbed perhaps their biggest challengers in Europe - and the reigning European champions - of a crucial weapon.

Bayern were clear favourites to go all the way again in the 2020/21 Champions League - for which the group stage will take place in just over a week's time - but after losing Thiago to the 2019 winners, they might not be any more.