Thiago earned himself credit with his performance against Everton. On a terrible day for Liverpool, the Spaniard stood up to be counted.
Liverpool losing 2-0 at home to Everton is a historically bad result. It’s the Reds’ first home derby defeat since 1999.
On top of that, this is now four back-to-back home defeats. Remember when Liverpool didn’t lose at fortress Anfield for over three years?
Yes, that was all the way back in 2020, which was a decade ago. At least, it feels that way.
As we went over in our player ratings at full-time, this wasn’t a case of everyone being terrible. Instead, no one stepped up when it mattered. That might be even more worrying, though.
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One player does deserve some credit, however – Thiago. We didn’t fully appreciate his performance in our player ratings but after going over the game, we think he was a bright spot.
Perhaps we’re trying too hard to find a positive from a woeful display. That could entirely be the case after all that.
A look into the stats, though, suggests Thiago was a thorn in Everton’s side.
For instance, Thiago completed the most passes in the game. He did this with an 89 per cent completion rate, too.
Only Ozan Kabak and Gini Wijnaldum better that rate, though neither attempted the same kind of passes. Wijnaldum, in fact, only attempted 54 to Thiago’s 94.
But Thiago also created two chances for teammates. No one created more and only the Liverpool full-backs matched him.
The Spaniard was also the best tackler on the pitch. He won four overall, with only Tom Davies beating it with five.
But Davies attempted eight, allowing three Reds to dribble past him. Thiago, on the other hand, won four out of four and wasn’t dribbled past once.
And this consistency was a trademark. He attempted one dribble and completed it. Everton didn’t dispossess Thiago once, either.
In all, this was exactly the performance Liverpool needed from Thiago. He kept the ball expertly, created some chances, and was the most solid player on the pitch defensively.
The one negative? One of those misplaced passes led to Everton’s goal inside the opening two minutes. We’d argue that he was just unlucky there – every other player got away with far more without being punished.
Overall, Thiago was one of the very few who put in the required performance. It would have been one Liverpool built a win from, if only others had done the same.