Sadio Mane offered a glowing review of Thiago in a recent interview. His comments prove Liverpool absolutely nailed their £20m signing.

Liverpool officially signed Thiago a little over a week ago, bringing the player in for around £20m. And that, needless to say, is exciting. Thiago is one of the world’s finest midfielders and he can take the team up a level.

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That’s certainly the opinion of Sadio Mane, who sounds thrilled with the Spaniard’s arrival.

“I think not only the fans are excited to see Thiago,” Mane told the official club site. “For sure, especially me and my teammates were really happy to have this kind of quality in our squad. It only makes us better.

“I can see from day one in training and the game against Chelsea what he is doing. And I’m sure he will take us to another level, for sure.”

Validation

This will be music to the ears of everyone involved with Thiago’s signing. The 29-year-old isn’t just here as a new elite player but he’s also supposed to bring something new.

 

Liverpool have a lot of midfielders and they’re all quality. But they’re also fairly similar. Jurgen Klopp tends to move towards hard-working, physical players, typically in a box-to-box mould. Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner being the best examples, but Naby Keita and Fabinho certainly tick those boxes to an extent.

Then there’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He’s certainly not box-to-box but he’s another athletic midfield player, looking to use energy and work-rate to win in midfield.

Thiago, though, is different. He’s a possession player, looking to use the ball and start moves himself. It’s something Liverpool haven’t had, instead relying on the front-three and full-backs to create chances.

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It’ll be a huge relief, then, that even the stars in Liverpool’s team can immediately see that Thiago brings something different. The fact that Mane says it’s clear from day one is perfect – Thiago is a player who can kick the champions up another level.

The bosses at Liverpool won’t really have needed validation on this one as Thiago is clearly a top player. But to have the stars saying he so obviously stands out has got to feel good. They’ve absolutely nailed this transfer.

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