Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has termed the criticisms labeled against midfielder Thiago Alcantara as rubbish.
Thiago was one of several impressive performers as the Reds earned a 2-0 Champions League despite a section of the club fans having the feeling that he normally slows the game.
“Thiago was good, they were all good. When Naby (Keita) came on that was also good and it was helpful. “I assume when you all look at Liverpool from Germany, people say it's (the problems) to do with Thiago or whatever – that's rubbish.
“For the players who were new, they always needed time to get used to our gameplan but Thiago doesn't have that. But he improves week on week. It is not a short-term project, it is a long-term project and it was good. It is very fluid how we work together, the boys played some nice passes and Thiago had a great chance as well, I think he could have had a shot on goal but instead passed.”
The Reds had lost six of their previous eight games with this only a sixth win since the Spaniard-who arrived from Bayern Munich in September-returned from injury in late December.
Thiago Alcantara vs. RB Leipzig— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) March 10, 2021
79% Pass accuracy
4/4 Accurate long passes
1 (big) chance created
1/2 Dribbles completed
13/16 Ground duels won
This is his stage. As solid as he was sensational. The range, the technique, the tenacity; what a player. pic.twitter.com/aVxyIT3ZVJ