Jurgen Klopp predicts the best is yet to come from Thiago at Liverpool after the midfielder had a slow debut season in the Premier League due to Covid-19 and injuries
- Saturday marked 12 months since Liverpool signed the midfielder for £20m
- He arrived as a 29-year-old, a break from the kind of player the Reds normally sign
- The fanfare that greeted him was huge, but his impact has not yet reflected that
- But boss Jurgen Klopp insisted there’s a lot more to come from the Spaniard
Jurgen Klopp has predicted the best will come from Thiago Alcantara, with the midfielder poised to face a difficult first year at Liverpool.
On this day it was 12 months since Liverpool closed a £20m deal to sign the Spain international from Bayern Munich.
His signing, as a 29-year-old, was a break from the usual player profile that Fenway Sports Group, the club’s owners, have pursued.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) has predicted the best is yet to come for Thiago (center)
Klopp spoke on Saturday ahead of the Reds’ Premier League game against Crystal Palace
But his first three months were disrupted after he contracted Covid-19 and subsequently damaged his medial ligament in the Merseyside derby. However, towards the end of the last campaign there were signs that he was starting to make his way – he played a key role in the games that took Liverpool to the Champions League – and Klopp is adamant that Thiago has turned a corner and is ready to make a big impact to become.
“There’s a lot more to come from him,” Klopp said. “The start was not perfect. That makes everything a bit more difficult, of course. But he showed what kind of player he can and will be for us.
“He is a very good character and personality and clearly a world class player. So all fine. Yes, he has had to adapt to the way we defend. We want him to play his natural football.”
Thiago struggled in his first year at the club after injuries (above) and Covid-19
The Spanish midfielder was excellent against Leeds, but Klopp feels there is more to come