Liverpool fans are understandably filled with excitement. The Reds have been busy in the last week. Jürgen Klopp has added two marquee signings to his squad. One was rather unexpected, the other much anticipated. The question is: when will Thiago Alcantara make his Liverpool debut? We look at three possibilities.
Chelsea v Liverpool
This weekend the Reds journey to West London to take on the old enemy.
Chelsea have been anointed as title contenders this year on account of the vast amounts of money they have spent on a raft of new arrivals
Apparently, Thiago was signed in time to make his Liverpool debut against the Chels with all the paperwork just about making the deadline.
It is doubtful that the Spaniard will start the game, Jürgen Klopp is famous for being patient when folding new signings into the team and the ex-Bayern man would have only had time for one training session at most.
However, the boss hinted that the midfielder could play a part – he told Liverpool’s official site:
“If [Thiago] looks all right, we will find the right place for him [against Chelsea].”
Lincoln City v Liverpool
This coming Thursday, Liverpool take on Lincoln City in the League Cup.
Given that the Reds are facing League One opposition in a competition that the boss doesn’t care much about with Arsenal to play the following Monday, we can expect a side of mostly youth players.
The boss may opt to give Thiago his Liverpool debut in this game as it’ll be a much easier introduction into English football.
Although, Klopp may decide that, given most of his first teammates won’t be involved, it could be a waste of time and even a risk to throw Thiago into the mix against Lincoln City.
Liverpool v Arsenal
On Monday the 28th, Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield.
We just always beat the Gunners when they come to Merseyside, it has become something of a formality.
This could be the ideal game for Thiago to make his debut, although it would likely be made from the bench.
The boss won’t be thrusting him into the starting lineup in any dramatically expedited fashion, he’ll have to do his homework and learn where he needs to be and when – when to press and when not to. He should get some minutes against Mikel Arteta’s side.