By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Liverpool’s boss and head manager, Jurgen Klopp recently praised Spaniard midfielder, Thiago, ahead of their clash against crystal palace today being Saturday.
The experienced midfielder who joined Liverpool from former champions league winner side, Bayern Munich, amid plenty of fanfare ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, was injury hampered in his maiden season. However he’s been in his best form this season.
Thiago has fully featured in three of Liverpool’s opening four Premier League matches, starting while he came off the bench in Wednesday’s Champions League victory over Milan.
It’s now a year he joined the merseyside club Liverpool and Klopp has showered alot of praises on him.
“The start was not perfect,” Klopp told reporters during his pre-game news conference. “He got Covid, got injured early which of course makes things much more difficult. But he showed what kind of player he will be for us. There is much more to come of course.
“It has been a year, but if you want it is only half a year because of all the things which happened. Coming to a new club, in the most difficult period in all our lives, he settled really well.
“His family is here, he loves it here, he was in the middle of the team very quickly. He’s a really good character, really good personality and obviously a world-class player. It is all fine!”
“He played more often at Munich in a double-six role, but for us it’s a complex position; you have to be offensive, you have to be defensive, you have to be between the lines, you can drop into the last line to receive the ball, but not always.
“But he is such a natural footballer it is not like we have to give him 15 or 16 different things to do in the game. I don’t ask him for constant runs beyond the last line. He is a playmaker, obviously, who can sometimes be a little deeper, but he must be there in the two ‘interesting’ lines of the opponent as well.
“He has great vision and can change things with his passing. In a closed area with his passing he is really good, and he can chip balls into each area like a golfer, actually. A good golfer. A world class golfer! He does that without even thinking.
“I love the way he plays. It’s a complex position to be the number eight for us. We have different skill sets and we use different skill sets from time to time when we think a particular skill set makes more sense against a particular opponent.”, Klopp concluded.
Liverpool’s form this season is already paying off as they maintain the same point as the premier league toppers Manchester United. They’ve also recorded more shots on target than any other teams in premier league(100).
Liverpool have got 30 attempts against Leeds United last time out, which brought them up to 100, making them just the second side since 2003-04 to have 100-plus shots in their first four games of a season, after Chelsea in 2009-10 (109).