Thiago is starting this season in his best-ever form for Liverpool. The Reds should be incredibly excited by what he brings.
We’re firm believers that Thiago is one of the world’s greatest midfielders. He was arguably the best passer in Europe last season – or at least, his stats suggest so.
But what the Spaniard brings to Liverpool is becoming ‘crucial’, in the words of Tim Sherwood.
“I think he’s so key to them,” he told Premier League Productions. “In his first season, it was about settling in, perhaps he slowed the game down too much. Now he’s so crucial for them to manage football matches.”
That latter part is truly key. Thiago manages games for Liverpool, dictating the tempo and moving the team into the right areas of the pitch. We saw him do it magnificently to end last season.
But what we haven’t seen from Thiago is a bright start to a campaign. Injuries have robbed him there in both of his previous seasons, after all. He lacked consistency, fitness, and his best form for quite some time – certainly in his debut season.
This time, though, he looks ready to start the campaign in style.
Thiago is starting the season in style
We came away from Liverpool v RB Salzburg thinking that Thiago looked sharp. His passing was consistently hitting the mark and his movement was on point.
His performance against Manchester City on Saturday, then, only reinforces that. Thiago was fantastic for 85 minutes, registering a 95% pass completion – the most of any starting player in the match.
The fact that Thiago also moved with the ball expertly, completing three of three dribbles, and won three tackles only further shows the form he’s in. Liverpool are yet to see him truly run the show from the start of a season but we might be seeing that right now.
And that’s important. Pep Lijnders talked this week about the season being about ‘two sprints’ either side of the World Cup. This won’t be the marathon of last year, where peaking towards the end of the campaign was okay.
Everyone has got to be on it from the get-go and fortunately, Thiago is exactly that.