Thiago was only on the pitch for 17 minutes against Newcastle but Michael Owen loved what he saw. The Spaniard made an immediate impression.
Liverpool failed to beat Newcastle, of course. They created chances but just couldn’t finish – a very disappointing display on the back of the West Brom draw.
The major positive was three players returning, though. James Milner started the game and immediately showed the effect.
Then Xherdan Shaqiri came on late – his first appearance in months.
The big story, though, is Thiago. He’s back after no football since going off in the Merseyside derby on October 17th. Yes, it really has been that long.
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And even if Thiago couldn’t force a goal, he still looked good on his return. Certainly good enough to earn a rave review from Michael Owen.
“He doesn’t need to say a word when he’s on the pitch,” Owen told Premier League Productions. “His passes tell you everything you need to know.
“When it’s coming to you, that ball tells you ‘there’s a man on’ or ‘give it me back’ or ‘run into the space’.
“He actually plays the ball with a type of spin or a type of pace. He’s just unbelievable, the way he does it.”
Owen would also talk about Thiago being ‘so exciting to watch’ thanks to his ‘whole repertoire’ of passing.
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It’s certainly why we’re all excited.
Thiago definitely didn’t change the game too much when he came on but it would have been quite made if he did. This is a player with 135 minutes since September, after all.
You can immediately see the quality, though, and how much of an effect Thiago will have once he’s at his best. He’s unlike any other midfielder at the club and, really, unlike nearly everyone on the planet.
Thiago is a truly world-class player and he’ll hopefully find his stride quickly. Because on the back of the last two results, Liverpool could really use him.