Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has said that Bayern Munich Midfielder Thiago Alcantara will be a better signing for Liverpool than Lionel Messi for Manchester city .

The Reds have been linked with the Spanish international in their bid to bolster their midfield ahead of next season.

The former Manchester United star also said Liverpool or Manchester city are the two favorites to lift next season’s Premier League.

I think it’s Liverpool or city”, Rooney told talkSPORT.

Chelsea are making a lot of signings, some good signings.

“Man United have a lot of potential in the players they have got but I still think they are a year away.

“I think Chelsea with the new signings will possibly need a year to get everyone on the same song-sheet.

“So I do think it is between City and Liverpool. And I think if Liverpool get Thiago from Bayern Munich, I think it [the title] is done.

“I think that’s a better signing than Messi going to Man City.

Thiago has won seven Bundesliga titles, the Champions League and four German Cups during his seven seasons at the Bavarian side.

Liverpool have already signed Greek international Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos to provide Andy Robertson with competition for the left-back poaition.

England champions Liverpool will begin their Premier League title defence with a home clash against Leeds United on Saturday 12 September.