Thiago Alcantara, Liverpool‘s midfield maestro, has been praised for yet another outstanding performance for the Reds.
Thiago’s Liverpool journey so far
Thiago, who arrived from Bayern Munich in 2020, had a tough start to life on Merseyside due to injuries, but his form has exploded in recent weeks, with memorable displays against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final, Manchester United in the league, and now Villarreal on Wednesday night.
After the game, the host broadcaster in the UK, BT Sport, complimented the Spaniard, with Michael Owen claiming that Thiago had truly arrived at Liverpool in recent weeks.
He said: “I don’t think anyone ever doubted his quality, but they did doubt whether he could fit into this team. Because I think naturally he’s a number six, but a playmaking number six, almost like a quarterback.”
He added: “But Liverpool don’t play with that, they like playing with more of a defensive player in Fabinho. But this guy [Thiago], especially in the last month, has just come into his own.”
“He’s literally dictating the play. Long, short passes. His passing accuracy is staggering – 96% I’m told today.”
Fans Hail Liverpool’s New King
Meanwhile, Peter Crouch, who was on the panel with Owen, mirrored Thiago’s remarks, implying that the play has actual purpose and impetus. Rio Ferdinand, who praised the youngster based on his meetings with him, said it is his intelligence that truly shines through him.
Whereas, fans on Twitter agreed with the BT experts, with one suggesting that Liverpool had a new ‘king.’ Liverpool fans complimented their Spanish technician in response to a tweet from the club account captioned ‘shining beneath the Anfield lights again.’
Thiago, whose man of the match performances have all come in crucial games for the club recently, has been commended by one supporter for ‘creating masterclasses at the appropriate time’ for the club.