LAWRENSON SAYS £20M LIVERPOOL ACE DOES STUFF OTHERS CAN’T; ‘I WORSHIP AT HIS FEET’.
Mark Lawrenson has stated that Liverpool midfielder, Thiago Alcantara, is a ‘fabulous talent’.
A player who can combine his quick-thinking ability with his silky touch and a line-breaking pass, Thiago’s form this season has hit new levels.
During his first season in Liverpool colours, following his £20 million move to Merseyside (BBC Sport), the 31-year-old struggled for that rhythm and high-level of performance.
Injuries around him, including to himself, plus a lack of balance didn’t help him settle into Jurgen Klopp’s system.
But, fast forward to today and he is now producing eye-catching moments for his team and is one of the first names on the teamsheet.
Lawrenson spoke in awe of the player, how he ‘worships at the feet of Thiago’ and how he can do stuff that others simply can’t.
“I worship at the feet of Thiago,” said Lawrenson. “I just think he’s brilliant. He’s going through a run where he’s getting even fitter. He just sees stuff all the time.
“I think the best midfield is the one that will start tonight (Thiago, Fabinho and Henderson). But you never know with Klopp.
“He’s just a fabulous talent. Occasionally he has an off-game, but doesn’t everybody? He sees stuff that none of the other midfield players see, at all. He’s got a radar.
“He’s not worried about giving the ball away, which sounds daft. If you watch a lot of Premier League midfielders, at the moment. The second touch is backwards or sideways. But it’s not with him. Everything is forward – he has made such a difference.”
Liverpool host old rivals Manchester United at Anfield on Tuesday night hoping to move to the top of the Premier League table.
One point will be enough, but clearly, given who they are up against, they will be searching for all three.
Thiago started the FA Cup semi-final over the weekend, so it will be interesting to see if Klopp rotates the Spanish pass master.
There is also the small matter of the Merseyside derby on Sunday, on top of their Champions League showdown against Villarreal next week, so from that perspective, it wouldn’t be a surprise if more changes are made by the Liverpool boss.