Jamie Carragher believes that Thiago Alcantara’s recent performances for Liverpool show that he is now perfectly in tune with Jurgen Klopp’s system.
Writing for The Telegraph, Carragher claimed that Thiago has proven himself to be a ‘complete’ midfielder. The pundit even compared the Spaniard to his former Liverpool teammate Gary McAllister.
“For McAllister in 2001, read Thiago Alcantara in 2022.,” wrote Carra. “Until recently, Thiago’s Liverpool career was a series of ‘moments’, his class obvious but his integration into Klopp’s system a work in progress.
“Since January, he has moved up a level. In the last three games he has given as close to a complete midfield performance you are likely to see.”
Thiago is the definition of class in the middle of Klopp’s midfield. Over the last months we have seen exactly why Liverpool were willing to part with their transfer strategy to sign him for £25m from Bayern Munich.
Offering something different
Liverpool’s midfield has often been categorised as being ‘workmanlike’ under Jurgen Klopp.
When you look at the individuals who usually make up the trio, that’s probably a fair description. Klopp doesn’t like to pack his midfield with flair players or creators, rather players who will help to get the best out of others.
While that is also true of the role Thiago plays, he is offering Liverpool so much more besides.
The way he picks passes out is a beautiful thing to watch. Whenever he has the ball, you can feel that anything can happen.
Whereas others may drop off a simple sideways pass, there’s always the possibility that Thiago might just have seen an impossible ball.
Bringing some unpredictability
That has helped to make Liverpool more unpredictable than in recent season. It might not always be visible, but how many times have The Reds struggled to break down packed defences this season?
In years gone by that was Liverpool’s Achilles heel. This season, Liverpool have scored one goal or less in just nine out of 54 games.
That isn’t all down to Thiago, he has been injured for chunks of the season after all. But since he has found proper rhythm at the club, Liverpool have looked virtually unstoppable. That can’t be a coincidence.