Liverpool fans are all saying the same thing about Thiago

Liverpool, Thiago Alcantara (Photo by David Balogh/Getty Images)
Liverpool, Thiago Alcantara (Photo by David Balogh/Getty Images) /

Liverpool fans are all saying the same thing about Thiago during the first half of the Champions League game against RB Leipzig.

Jurgen Klopp picked the Spaniard as the most creative of a trio that featured Fabinho back in his natural habitat and Gini Wijnaldum.

The Brazilian has finally been freed from his centre-back shackles thanks to Nat Phillips’s European registration and the arrival of Ozan Kabak on loan from Schalke.

Liverpool saw the real Thiago

While that might not be the most exciting pairing, it’s one that Klopp feels offers the right type of defensive solidity to enable Fabinho to play as a defensive midfielder again.

This allowed Thiago to push further forward and create from inside the RB Leipzig half – something he hasn’t been able to do this campaign.

Liverpool fans on Twitter noticed an instant difference in the way the Spaniard looked to play his football. Instead of trying to dictate play from close to the halfway line, Thiago was given greater freedom to roam and support Klopp’s from three.

The impact was instant and very good to see. If this is how Liverpool can set up moving forward, they’re going to have a far greater chance to score goals and put defences on the back foot – especially if they set up using a low block.

Klopp wouldn’t have signed Thiago to use him as a deep-lying playmaker. This is a man who excels in the tight spaces, but through no fault of his own or the team’s, just hasn’t been able to get in the right zones on the pitch.

Keeping Kabak and Phillips fit and playing together is an important first step. Once the pair learn how to perform together, are given some stability and can use that to the benefit of the team, Liverpool are going to be much more solid.

This will give Klopp greater confidence with his midfield selection, it’ll keep Fabinho as a defensive midfielder and let Thiago push forward.