Liverpool coach Pep Lijnders says the Thiago ‘solution’ answers a difficult problem for the team. The Reds could become unstoppable.
Liverpool officially signed Thiago last Friday and, understandably, people are excited. He’s one of the world’s best midfielders, after all, and a truly world-class player.
We don’t yet know the Jurgen Klopp’s grand plan is for the player but his debut against Chelsea was hugely promising. Thiago made 88 passes – the most by any Premier League player to play just one half.
But while we don’t know how Thiago fits in exactly, we do know why Liverpool signed the player. As Lijnders explains, he’s the answer to a complicated problem.
“He is a great signing. We didn’t buy a problem, we bought a solution,” said the Dutchman, per Football365. “Good teams need good players and we are really happy he is with us because this team especially deserves a player like him because he will make sure we keep evolving.
“Teams adapt, teams try to destroy our plans and what is most important is that we stay unpredictable and unpredictability means from each position we can play the last pass and we can speed up the games and Thiago does that for us.”
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The biggest problem facing Liverpool this season was ‘predictability’. You know how they’re going to play. The front three want space to run into, while the full-backs will provide creativity from the flanks.
It means that teams playing deep and with extra players on the wings can disrupt Liverpool. Now, that doesn’t mean Liverpool are easy to stop but it does mean you can plan for them.
Thiago fixes that. The most creative player in the team is now in the middle of the pitch. You can’t give him too much space, then.
But if teams try to push up and stop him, they leave that space for the front-three. If they plug the middle, they’ll leave the wings open for the full-backs.
And so Lijnders is right – Liverpool can play that ‘last pass’ from anywhere on the pith, now. That’s a dangerous weapon that makes Liverpool, at their best, virtually unstoppable.