The Spain international arrived in Merseyside this weekend 12 months ago and is now ready to set off a storm in the Premier League
Jurgen Klopp insisted that Thiago Alcantara “has more future” as the Liverpool midfielder completed his first 12 months in Merseyside.
Thiago arrived at Anfield on September 18 last year, and the Red Army and Bayern Munich reached a deal worth 25 million pounds (34.5 million U.S. dollars) for the Spanish international.
Although his first year at the club was mixed, mainly due to his injury at Everton during his Premier League debut, Klopp believes that we will soon see the comprehensive skills of the 30-year-old.
What did Klopp say to Thiago?
Before Liverpool’s game against Crystal Palace this weekend, Klopp told reporters: “The start was not perfect. He was infected with the new crown virus and was injured very early, which of course made things more difficult. But he showed us him. What kind of player will become. Of course there are more.
“It’s been a year, but if you want, it’s only half a year, because of all the things that happened. When we came to a new club, he settled well during the most difficult period of our lives. His family is here and he likes it. Here, he quickly entered the middle of the team. He is a very good character, a very good personality, and obviously a world-class player. Everything is good!”
“He is like a world-class golfer!”
When discussing Thiago’s role in the Liverpool team and the specific tactical guidance he received, Klopp compared the former Barcelona man to a golfer.
He said: “He often plays the role of double six in Munich, but for us it is a complicated position; you have to attack, you have to defend, you have to be between the two lines, you can fall to the last line. Catch the ball, but not always.
“But he is such a natural football player, we don’t have to give him 15 or 16 different things to do in the game. I don’t ask him to keep running to the last line. Obviously, he is an organizer and can go deeper sometimes. One point, but he must also be on the opponent’s two “interesting” routes.
“He has a vision and can change things as he leaves. In the penalty area, he passes the ball very well, in fact, he can cut the ball into every area like a golfer. A good golfer. The world. Class golfer! He did it without even thinking about it.
“I like the way he plays. Being our No. 8 is a complicated position. We have different skill sets. When we think that certain skill sets are more meaningful to specific opponents, we use different skill sets from time to time. .”
Liverpool team news
Klopp will not have striker Roberto Firmino to participate in the Palace’s visit. The Brazilian has not yet resumed training after a hamstring injury in the game against Chelsea last month.
There are no new concerns, although the Reds coach hinted that he will change his starting lineup again, allowing Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah to rest in Wednesday’s Champions League victory over AC Milan.
“We talked a lot about the schedule, but it’s normal for us, three games a week,” he said. Change again, it’s very clear. “