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'Magic' Liverpool player has misplaced just 11 passes in his last three games at Anfield

Thiago Alcantara has misplaced just 11 of the 337 passes he has attempted in his last three games for Liverpool.

According to numbers cited by The Athletic, 326 of Thiago’s passes in that time found a teammate. That’s a remarkable 96.7% success rate.

As per whoscored, he made 99 of 103 passes against Villarreal at Anfield last night. Nine of these were classed as ‘long balls,’ all of which were completed with aplomb.

Against Everton at the weekend it was a similar story. Thiago attempted 121 passes, with 119 finding someone in red.

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Of the three games, his worst in terms of pass success was in the 4-0 win against Manchester United. That evening, the Spaniard made a miserly 108 of 113 attempts. Come on Thiago, five misplaced passes? You can do better than that!

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Thiago was supreme again for Liverpool last night as he claimed the UEFA Man of the Match award. As well as his tremendous passing, he rattled the post with a brilliant long-range effort which would have been one of the goals of the season.

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He has been at this stage of the competition many times before in his extinguished career. With those around him now having plenty of experience too, he slots seamlessly into Liverpool’s team of winners.

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Earlier in the season it looked as though Liverpool would have to make do without him in these kind of games. The Carabao Cup final in February saw a low point as he was injured in the warm-up in what would have been his biggest match for the club to that point.

Fortunately he appears to have put his injury troubles behind him. The 31-year-old has ‘moved up a level’ according to Jamie Carragher. Liverpool’s number 6 is hitting form at exactly the right time to drive his team on in their quadruple hunt.

In the words of Sadio Mane to liverpoolfc.com last year, Thiago’s passing is ‘magic.’ You won’t find a Liverpool fan who could disagree with that sentiment right now.

When the Barcelona youth product is in the kind of mood, there isn’t another midfielder on the planet who you’d rather have in the team.

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