After a very good season punctuated by many titles with Bayern Munich, Thiago Alcantara arrived this summer in Liverpool with the label of the ideal metronome for the Reds. Seven months later, the Spanish midfielder is failing to meet the expectations placed on him.
Jürgen Klopp defends Thiago and his debut
An arrival with great fanfare. Recruited for around 30 million euros, Thiago Alcantara was THE player everyone was snapping up during the last transfer window and it was finally the reigning Premier League champion, Liverpool, who won the day. A boon for the armada led by Salah and Mané, both the Hispanic-Brazilian coming out of a fantastic season with Bayern Munich, winning all the titles within the reach of the German giant. Yet seven months later, the 29-year-old disappointed many Mersey club fans. Having played only 18 games in all competitions, the pure product of FC Barcelona fails to make its creative paw felt in the midfield of the Scousers.
However, its record is more than defensible. In any case, this is what his coach, Jürgen Klopp, said after his players’ victory against Leipzig in the Champions League round of 16: “I guess when you all look at Liverpool from the Germany people say our problems are with Thiago or whatever – that’s bullshit. Thiago was good, they were all good. For players who were new, they always needed time to get used to our game plan, but Thiago doesn’t have that. Yet he’s improving week by week. “
Thiago admits having had some difficulties at Liverpool
Statements that will warm the heart at the international of La Roja (39 selections), who admitted on the club’s official website not to have started his adventure in England as he wished: “I do not read a word on this what people say about me. I know I get criticism about my performance, but I’m not happy with my performance since I got here. A new club, a weird situation [Covid], I had a serious injury, so getting into the rhythm was difficult, but that’s no excuse. ” Statements which confirm Thiago‘s desire to finally take off his career at Liverpool.