Danny Murphy believes Thiago Alcantara's arrival at Liverpool could spell the end of Gini Wijnaldum's career at Anfield due to the size of Jurgen Klopp's squad.
The Spaniard signed from Bayern Munich on Friday and made an instant impact on Sunday, coming off the bench against Chelsea at half-time during their 2-0 victory.
Thiago's arrival means Liverpool now have seven midfield options all vying for three places, with James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain complementing Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita, who all started at Stamford Bridge.
Wijnaldum, in particular, has been linked with a move to Barcelona to team up with Ronald Koeman, who worked with the Dutchman with the national team, with only one year left on his current deal.
With other midfielders pushed down the pecking order by Thiago's arrival too, Murphy believes there could be some outgoing before the end of the transfer window.
Murphy wrote in the Daily Mail: "There is no doubt in my mind Thiago Alcantara is coming to Liverpool as a first XI player - I doubt very much he's had any conversations with Jurgen Klopp about sitting on the bench this season."
He added: "He has great feet, passes well, has super awareness and can play in any of the midfield positions.
"I don't see any risk at under £30million because he only had a year left on his Bayern contract.
"I do think Gini Wijnaldum's departure has an air of inevitability about it now because Liverpool will have seven or eight players challenging for three positions, which means too many unhappy faces for the balance of the squad."
However, Liverpool boss Klopp batted away suggestions Thiago's arrival could signal a certain departure, insisting he needs numbers for a gruelling 2020/21 fixture list.
"The only problem we have is that we really need numbers," Klopp said earlier this month as well.
"We need quality, definitely above quantity but the truth is we need quantity too because we can not... nobody did it before in a season like between October and December, since I've been in, we've never had something like this."
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