Liverpool had a relatively restrained summer transfer window. The Reds were expected to do big business after winning the Premier League but the uncertainty posed by the pandemic curtailed any big plans. They did make a couple of exciting signings though, one of which has been analysed by a league legend. Paul Scholes has claimed Thiago would be better suited to Man United.
Liverpool sign Thiago
The summer saw a protracted will they won’t they saga between the Reds and Bayern Munich.
Liverpool were linked with Thiago for months.
The Spaniard was entering the final year of his deal in Germany and was not prepared to sign a new contract.
The Reds swooped in and bagged him for just £20m.
His start to life on Merseyside wasn’t exactly plain sailing; he was ruled out with Covid and then sidelined by a nasty tackle in the Merseyside Derby.
Paul Scholes on Thiago
Liverpool beat Sheffield United this weekend and did so comfortably.
Our Spanish playmaker was once again pulling the strings in the middle pinging passes this way and that.
After the game Paul Scholes questioned whether Thiago belongs with the Reds, telling Premier League Productions (28/02/21 at 9:40 pm):
“He doesn’t seem a Jurgen Klopp type player, does he? You think of the midfield players he has got and the forward players. Everything is 100 miles per hour.
“I thought he would have been more suited to a Manchester United team. In a two in midfield with a holding player, really good strong defensive player, where he can sit and control games.
“Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, I don’t see them controlling games. I see them going for the throat in teams. He hasn’t got that energy to really overpower midfield players.
What RTK has to say
We see what Paul Scholes means when he talks about Thiago.
However, this is something which will surely change when the Reds are fully fit again.
At the moment we’re constantly chopping and changing and unable to get into a rhythm.
We’ll see the best of Thiago when he has Fabinho and Jordan Henderson around him.
Until then he’ll be doing what he can in his relatively shackled role.