Liverpool’s Thiago is the ‘most overrated player’ around, according to Dietmar Hamann. The former Red doesn’t ‘understand’ the Spaniard.
Liverpool were two or three goals away from winning literally everything this season, so naturally, the talk amongst many is how to fix them. Something is clearly very wrong with this team.
Former Red, Didi Hamann is one of those looking for fixes. He talked to Sky Germany this week and discussed what the Reds should do this summer. For him, midfield is the big issue.
“In my opinion, the Reds need to modernize the team a bit, especially in midfield,” said Hamann. “I don’t understand the hype about Thiago.
“For me he is one of the most overrated players in European football. When things are going well and you have a lot of possession he’s a good player, but when push comes to shove you don’t see him.
“If you need someone who sets tones, then he doesn’t do it. [Naby] Keita is also a disappointment, [Jordan]Henderson is a worker. They need a player who can make the difference and give the team that extra something.”
The overrated Thiago
We love Didi for everything he did for Liverpool – but this is an absolutely ridiculous take. Signing Thiago was Liverpool modernising their midfield. He moved them away from traditional box-to-box roles and brought more control on the ball in the middle.
And it worked. Thiago has played a big role this season in a team that won two cups, finished one point shy in the league and lost the Champions League final by a goal. A little bit more luck – such as Aston Villa not throwing away a 2-0 lead with 15 minutes to go, or Thibaut Courtois not tipping Sadio Mané’s effort onto the post – and the Reds have every trophy.
So we’re not sure how Liverpool lack a ‘modern’ midfield. It presses incredibly hard and high, can play every style of football under the sun, and delivers on a level that few can.
Now, we actually do agree that Liverpool should look to add in midfield. Thiago and Henderson are both past 30, while Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have just one more year on their contracts. James Milner’s actually expires at the end of next month, too.
Thus signing a midfielder does make sense – but only as an addition. Liverpool don’t need to change anything, they just need to strengthen what they have. And the idea that they should look at what they’ve currently got as ‘overrated’ or a failure is simply ridiculous.