Liverpool strolled to victory in West London on Sunday. The Reds dominated the game at Stamford Bridge, never really getting out of third gear as they cruised to victory over supposed title contenders Chelsea. At halftime the gaffer brought on one of his new recruits, the Jürgen Klopp decision to bring on Thiago showed just how excited he is by the signing – his introduction was a masterstroke.
Liverpool sign Thiago
This summer Kopites have been anticipating new arrivals which for a while looked as though they were never going to come.
The Reds kept telling us there was no money in the pot to bring in new signings with the club reeling from the financial impact of the global health crisis.
Despite these insistences there were persistent links to Bayern Munich’s star midfielder with the player entering the final year of his deal and refusing an extension.
Eventually Liverpool pulled off the signing of Thiago, paying just £20m plus £5m in bonuses.
Klopp, Thiago, Chelsea
When Liverpool took on Chelsea this weekend it was billed as a significant clash in this season’s title race.
If it was then the title race may be more straightforward than we anticipated.
The Reds didn’t have to exert themselves too much on their way to a 2-0 victory, an Andreas Christensen red card just before halftime killed the game to a large extent.
With the hosts down to ten and the visiting skipper supposedly picking up a knock, Jürgen Klopp took the bold decision to bring on Thiago.
Thiago transforms midfield
We saw throughout the second half just how much of a masterstroke Klopp bringing on Thiago was.
Down to 10 men, the hosts sat in and invited pressure, Thiago kept the ball moving swiftly, recycling the ball quickly and effectively, keeping the opposition moving and tiring them out.
Thiago showed just how he will transform Liverpool. Often when we come up against a low block we can quickly run out of ideas, relying too heavily on Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.
Yesterday we saw that this shouldn’t be an issue any longer thanks to the new arrival’s ability to use the ball so speedily, maintaining a pace to our approach play that is uncomfortable for opposition defences.
It was a brave decision, Klopp bringing on Thiago despite him only having been at the club two days, but it was a brave decision that proved to be a masterstroke.
The decision showed just how excited the gaffer is by the signing and he has every reason to be after that performance.