Thiago had a special celebration for his first Liverpool goal on Saturday. The Spaniard scored the second as the Reds beat Southampton 2-0 at Anfield.
Thiago had a fantastic game on Saturday. His first half, in particular, was stellar as he pressed well and kept Liverpool moving with his passing.
It was the latest of a string of promising performances. Thiago really does appear to be fitting in, finally, after a slow start.
Not that we can blame him for the slow start. Thiago arrived at the champions and the club had a clear plan in mind for him. Only, an injury in October ruled him out for months.
By the time Thiago returned, Liverpool were very different. Further injuries tore apart the defence, moving players about and leaving the side a mess. Any plans for the Spaniard were in tatters.
Gradually, though, Thiago has found his way. Fabinho returning to midfield has helped immeasurably, taking away some defensive responsibility and allowing the former Bayern man to play his own game.
We’ve found the last few weeks very encouraging in that regard – Thiago looks more and more like himself out there. It’s fitting, then, that this spell resulted in his first goal for the club.
It was a special moment and Thiago used it to direct his celebrations towards a ‘special relationship’ he’s got at the club. The no.6 immediately ran over and pointed at the substitutes – a group of players he thinks about regularly.
Thiago on his celebration
“For sure I have a special relationship with the guys there that didn’t play,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“When you are playing you always think about them, how they work and how they behave even when they don’t play, so the goal was for them [the players on the bench].”
You can never doubt that Thiago fits in at Liverpool. An awful lot is made about the group ethic at the club and this displays that wonderfully. It’s not about superstardom, nor is it about individuality – Thiago appreciates how the entire squad works towards the same goal.
Even if they’re not playing.
Maybe we’re reading too much into the comments but it’s great to see Thiago appreciating the squad. He’s often felt like an outsider this season, someone who jumped into a hugely successful squad that had remained untouched for two years.
He’s firmly a part of things now, though, and while we may not have seen his best this season, we have no doubt that Thiago will shine as a fully-fledged member of the squad next time around.