Klopp hopes a clean health certificate will allow the former Barcelona player to shine in the heart of Liverpool’s midfield after helping Spain advance to the Euro 2020 semi-finals.
Published: September 18, 2021 3:57 PM |
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LONDON: Jurgen Klopp says Thiago Alcantara has « much more » to offer Liverpool after the coronavirus and a knee injury restricted his appearances in his first season at the Premier League club.
-year-old Spanish international came to Anfield from Bayern Munich for £ 20 million (US $ 27.5 million) a year ago, but was limited to 24 league games in the 2020/21 season.
Klopp hopes that a clean health certificate will allow the former Barcelona player to shine in the heart of Liverpool’s midfield after helping Spain advance to the Euro 2020 semi-finals.
« He (Thiago) showed what a man Player he can be. There’s a lot more to come, « said Klopp before the game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
» He’s settled in well. He’s a really good character, a really good personality and a world-class player. »
Thiago provided the template for Sad io Manes scored in the Reds 3-0 win in Leeds last week and Klopp compared his passing ability to a « world-class golfer ».
But the Reds manager said Thiago was now playing in a « complex » role, the In addition to the offensive talent that he had shown during his time at Barcelona and Bayern, he also required defensive skills.
« All the technical stuff is easy for him, » the German told reporters on Friday. « He had to and must adapt to the way we play. We want him to play his football with some little things that he had to adapt. »
« He’s a playmaker who can go deeper, but very often between Both lines of the opponent must stand. «
Klopp said the nature of Liverpool’s opponents dictated their midfield formation from game to game, with Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones also losing three places in central midfield fought.
« We have so many different skills that I don’t have a top three – why should I? » he added.
« This has nothing to do with Thiago. It’s a very intense position with intense challenges, where we have to be as fresh as possible.
« We try to develop ourselves every year. For Thiago it was nice to see how naturally he made it. You did Just let him play and he didn’t need much advice. «
After three wins and a draw from their first four games, Liverpool are third in the Premier League and started their Champions League season with an exciting 3-2 -Win against AC Milan on Wednesday.
Striker Roberto Firmino is out with a thigh injury against Patrick Vieiras Crystal Palace, who is in the midfield of the table.
Young midfielder Harvey Elliott falls after an operation because of a dislocated ankle after a duel by Leeds player Pascal Struijk.
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