Jurgen Klopp heaps praise on midfielder Thiago Alcantara

Thiago scored the crucial second goal against Southampton to seal the three points for Liverpool on Saturday in the Premier League.

Thiago Alcantara celebrates a goal in a file photo; Credit: Liverpool FC Twitter

Thiago Alcantara has so far endured a roller-coaster first season at Liverpool. After playing a crucial role in Bayern Munich’s treble-winning team last campaign, the Spaniard was expected to solidify the Reds’ midfield, but has found the going tough. He has shown flashes of his brilliance but has struggled to establish at the heart of their midfield. However, on Saturday night he played a crucial role to help Liverpool stay in the top four hunt in the Premier League.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring for Liverpool after 31 minutes from a Mohamed Salah cross and the Reds had to wait till second-half injury time to seal the three points, thanks to a neat finish by Thiago. “He played really well. Not the first time obviously, but he played really well,” manager Jurgen Klopp said about Thiago in his post-match press conference.

“He looked really good in pretty much all departments, helped us a lot with his passing game, played top passes, to be honest, was defensively in there. So that’s all really good and really important. But we all had to work hard. So he had a lot of good situations but the most important was when he finished, when he scored that goal. I’m really pleased for him.”

On Alisson

Jurgen Klopp’s men are now within six points of fourth-placed Leicester City in the table and also have a game in hand. Liverpool now have a good chance of finishing in the top four. Alisson Becker had a huge role to help the Reds stay in the top four race following an impressive outing against Southampton on Saturday. Notably, his brilliant save just before Liverpool took the lead turned out to be extra special in the end.

“Great game, with a little too exciting things when he passed the ball to Che Adams! But apart from that, a great game,” he added. “Obviously we are all together waiting for the next Becker baby. It’s like, ‘OK, still not, no, still not.’ Obviously, the future father of three did a really good job. We knew that before obviously that he’s a good one and tonight he showed that again.”




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