Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has expressed his admiration for his Liverpool teammate Thiago Alcantara, whom he believes to be one of the best players in Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Thiago, 29, was signed by the English champions from Bayern Munich last summer in what is considered to be one of the biggest Liverpool transfers of the modern era.
His first few months at Anfield were plagued by injury, but the Spaniard has been an ever-present figure under Klopp since his long-awaited return on December 30. Thiago has started in seven consecutive matches for the Reds.
The former Barcelona maestro has won practically everything there is to win in club football, including two Champions League’s, three La Liga’s and seven Bundesliga titles.
And as a result, Thiago’s winning mentality and apatite to learn has had a lasting impression on his midfield counterpart and Liverpool teammate Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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Asked whether he felt Thiago deserved to be one of Liverpool’s highest rated in FIFA, Oxlade-Chamberlain told Soccer AM’s YouTube channel: “Have you seen the fella play?
“Top player, great lad. You can tell he’s been at top clubs. He’s got that mentality where he wants to learn still and win things and help us to push on.”
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It’s not quite been the inaugural Premier League campaign Thiago would have hoped for upon his arrival on Merseyside, to say the least.
Back in September, he joined the runaway Premier League champions fresh off the back of a starring role in Bayern Munich’s sixth European Cup triumph. Five months into his Liverpool tenure, he is still waiting for his first Anfield win.
Things will only get better, however. Unfortunately for Liverpool, this season has felt a bit of a write-off given the number of cruel injury setbacks and total absence of supporters.
Still, Liverpool and Thiago will have to rediscover their rhythm and hope to regain some momentum. We are at the business end of the season and the team cannot afford to risk dropping out of the top-four.