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Michael Owen loves 'phenomenal' Thiago despite lingering questions

Michael Owen clearly loves watching Thiago, as he explained after Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Southampton. There are questions over the Spaniard, however.

Michael Owen threw praise on Thiago after the Spaniard’s efforts against Southampton on Saturday. He grabbed the second goal late on to close out the game.

He’d been brilliant in the first half and while Thiago did slow down in the second, he wrapped up the win with a fine finish. It was his first goal for the club as the player continues to impress.

It’s now a string of solid performances from him. This, however, may have been his best yet.

And according to Owen, while there’s still much to learn about Thiago, there’s no question he’s a fantastic talent.

Michael Owen on Thiago

“[Thiago] is a phenomenal player,” Owen told Premier League Productions. “There questions are still out there whether the way he plays suits this team.

“It’s very difficult to answer that question while the likes of [Virgil] van Dijk are out, with so many injuries, so much upheaval.

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“But there’s no question that when you watch him, it brings a smile to your face. He’s a phenomenal talent.”

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We’ve been very impressed with Thiago in recent weeks. He’s looking more and more comfortable with Liverpool, which is nothing but a good sign.

As Owen says, there are still questions about his fit. Thiago has played in the most dysfunctional Liverpool side possibly ever, given the injury crisis.

His own injury delayed his real start in Red until around January, by which time half the team was missing. It meant Thiago played a lot in the holding role or had extra emphasis on defence.

Neither are his speciality and were made worse by the team misfiring as a whole.

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Still, his talent is really shining through. But the fact it’s shining more since Fabinho returned to midfield is great to see.

Because Owen is right – we don’t know how Thiago will fully fit in without Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez or Jordan Henderson around. Maybe he fits perfectly, maybe he doesn’t.

But his improvement since Fabinho sat alongside him suggests Thiago will only improve. He is undoubtedly a phenomenal player and phenomenal players tend to adapt around other elite performers.

Thiago showed that with Fabinho and we have little doubt he’ll do the same once Van Dijk, Gomez and Henderson are back.

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