Liverpool supporters have reacted to the performance of Thiago Alcantara following the Reds’ 2-2 stalemate at Goodison Park.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring for Liverpool inside four minutes to give the Premier League champions a deserved lead following an emphatic start from Jurgen Klopp’s players. Everton equalised from a corner after Michael Keane headed past Adrian on the stroke of 20 minutes.

The second half was much more evenly contested with both teams enjoying chances and a share of the possession. Mohamed Salah regained the lead for Liverpool with a stunning finish and the Reds even threatened to add a third but were thwarted by a number of important saves by the central figure of the match Jordan Pickford.

Domonic Calvert-Lewin equalised with a towering header late on in the game to restore parity for the Blues.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson must have thought he’d inspired a late victory after finding the net in injury time only for the goal to be disallowed by a controversial VAR decision that deemed Sadio Mane offside in the build-up.

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Liverpool’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara (L) vies with Everton’s French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on October 17, 2020. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

There were a number of outstanding performances particularly from Liverpool’s behalf and none shone brighter than Thiago Alcantara who made his full Premier League debut for the Reds.

The Spanish international was nothing shy of majestic. He effortlessly dictated the tempo of the match from start-to-finish and consistently looked to take risks with his expansive range of passes.

It is no surprise that Liverpool were bang on the money with Thiago reinstated to the team. The Reds were a polar opposite of the outfit that surrendered so pathetically at Villa Park before the international break.

Thiago made Liverpool so much more assured and inspiring in possession making 76 passes overall – more than any player on the pitch. He also scored highest in terms of dribbles (4) to constantly ensure his team were on the front-foot.

His pass success rate of 92.1% was also the highest recorded score according to WhoScored. Thiago also made two key passes for his team which was only bettered by Andy Robertson.

Defensively, he also put in the work for his team contributing one tackle and two interceptions while he also drawn Everton into making two fouls.

Thiago did fall victim to a disgraceful tackle from Richarlison who was shown a straight red card for the incident. Jurgen Klopp was unable to provide an injury update with Liverpool’s Champions League opener against Ajax just days away.

Hopefully, it is an injury that isn’t too serious and we will see the Spanish maestro stripped back in Red very shortly.

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Liverpool’s Scottish defender Andrew Robertson (L), Liverpool’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara (C) and Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp react at the final whistle during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on October 17, 2020. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Fan praise

Here is a look at how fans reacted to Thiago’s performance…

 

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