We can generally understand and accept the criticisms of Thiago – but probably not after his performance against Newcastle – in which he was Liverpool’s best player – being awarded the Man of the Match despite being substituted 15 minutes to go.
The Reds drew 1-1, but before added time at Anfield we should have been five goals clear.
Our finish was beyond poor quality, all the more frustrating given the genius of Mo Salah’s opener.
Finally, Liverpool had an early goal, but our inability to turn 1-0 into 2-0 is costing us.
Chris Bascombe, of the Telegraph, offered this particularly harsh criticism of Spain’s summer signing from Liverpool.
“In midfield, Thiago Alcantara contributes so little creatively, the unfavorable comparison with Manchester United signing Juan Sebastian Veron no longer holds any weight,” he said.
“He’s more like Liverpool’s version of Bastian Schweinsteiger’s incarnation in the Premier League, a reminder that Bayern Munich probably know what they’re doing when they let their stars go. Thiago has made 1320 assists in the Premier League and we are still waiting for his first assist. “
Thiago recorded just three assists for Bayern Munich last season, who were devastated to lose him, so that comment doesn’t really make sense.
The biggest problem in our opinion is that Thiago does not play in the midfield with Fabinho…
Jurgen Klopp dropped Thiago for Real Madrid games; then put Fabinho back in defense for our past draws with Leeds and Newcastle.
How bad can Ben Davies be that he still can’t bench? Disconcerting.