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Jordan Henderson counters criticism of 'world-class' Thiago

Jordan Henderson expects to see more from Thiago – a player he labels as ‘world-class’. This comes as some criticise his Liverpool teammate.

Thiago isn’t having the best time of it recently. He’s playing quite badly, in fact, and that led to Jamie Carragher labelling him a ‘defensive liability’.

But that isn’t the only criticism of Thiago in recent weeks. There’s John Barnes telling Talksport that he slows things down too much, for instance.

It doesn’t take much searching to find many more questioning Thiago and his fit for Liverpool right now.

What about an opinion that really matters, then? Well, Jordan Henderson has given his opinion on Thiago – and it certainly isn’t critical.

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“Thiago has been brilliant since he came to the club,” said Henderson, per the Liverpool Echo. “Everybody knows how good a player he is, he is a world-class player.

“Even off the field, he is a really good person, leads by example and gives everything. You learn a lot from him.

“He has been a fantastic addition to the squad.”

Henderson then explained why he expects more from Thiago.

“Hopefully he can keep improving each time he plays for us and getting used to the way that we play as a team,” he said.

What RTK has to say

We fully support Henderson, here. For one, the criticism of Thiago is wildly missing the point.

He’s had an incredibly difficult job. An injury on his first start ruled him out for over two months and he came back into a side that was completely mishapen.

Thiago now frequently finds himself playing as Liverpool’s defensive midfielder – not his strong-suit. That will lead to more fouls and show him up defensively.

As we’ve said before, the stats don’t tell the whole truth about Thiago. He’s almost exclusively faced good sides, for instance.

Thiago has eight starts in the Premier League. That includes Everton away, Manchester United at home, Manchester City at home, Southampton away, Tottenham Hotspur away, and West Ham United away.

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So of course Liverpool’s ‘points per game’ is lower with Thiago in the side.

It has been incredibly difficult for him to fit in this season but the quality is certainly there. More time and a simpler schedule should certainly lead to Thiago playing better.

Henderson believes that’s the case and we’re right there with him.

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