Liverpool have overcome some impossible challenges in recent times. The Reds have come back from the dead on many occasions, defying logic with their battling against the odds. Jürgen Klopp’s side will need to do so again in the coming months with a key star to miss the rest of the season. Thiago Alcantara will be crucial to Liverpool coping without Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool sign Thiago
All summer Kopites were on tenterhooks waiting to find out if the interest in Thiago was concrete or not.
The Reds were rumoured to be circling the Spaniard all summer. He was entering the final year of his deal at Bayern Munich and reportedly told the Germans he was unwilling to sign a new deal, the Reds capitalised.
Michael Edwards struck a £20m deal to bring the Champions League winner to Anfield, a deal one pundit described as the best he’d ever seen.
Virgil van Dijk injury
This weekend we learned that Virgil van Dijk is out for the season with injury.
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The Dutchman was lunged at by Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside Derby, the keeper flying in at knee height with his studs up.
Virgil has torn his ACL and will undergo surgery to reconstruct the ligament, there is currently no time frame attached to his recovery.
Thiago can be crucial in Van Dijk absence
Liverpool are going to be more vulnerable at the back now, any team would be if they lost a player like Virgil van Dijk.
Crucial to limiting chances will be keeping ahold of the ball. Further to limiting chances, we need to create more than the opposition; Thiago helps with both of these issues.
Alcantara is one of the best passers of a ball in world football, he has an unrivalled vision of the pitch. The Spaniard will be critical to us keeping the ball away from the opposition whilst also finding our attackers in dangerous spaces.
We are going to have to score more goals and keep possession more, Thiago will be at the centre of that.