The arrival of Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool she is not being as placid as one might expect. The Spanish landed as one of the best Bayern Munich players, champion of all and as the key that was going to give the ‘reds’ the final qualitative leap, but it has not been like that.
An early injury weighed down the Spanish star at the start of the season and the acclimatization to the subsequent team, with the defense already weakened and the team in a not so positive dynamic, has not been as effective as expected. In fact, with Thiago as a starter since his return, Liverpool have scored just once at Anfield and have won just two of eight Premier League games.
Now, in England, Thiago is being singled out for having the worst of his seasons at a defensive level, a plot in which he exhibited a lot of level with Bayern Munich the previous season. As the statistics explain, it is the tickets and warnings that present concern. Since arriving in September, the Spaniard has the team’s highest ratio of innings per minute (33) and, in fact, has committed more fouls (26) than successful innings (25).
Not only that, in minutes per warning he also ranks first. So far he has seen three yellow cards, one for every 274 minutes played, just over three full games. Despite having hardly played in the Premier League, Thiago ranks third in the league for foul minutes, behind only Ashley Barnes (Burnley) and Trezeguet (Aston Villa). In fact, Thiago hasn’t had such a bad season in this regard since 2013-14 with Bayern Munich.
In fact, it can only be remembered that in his debut as a Liverpool footballer it took 28 minutes to commit an unnecessary penalty on Timo Werner at Liverpool-Chelsea. Luckily Alisson stopped him. And the last example was his entry against Maddison against Leicester that ended in a goal.
Klopp defends Thiago from criticism
Nevertheless, Jurgen Klopp has to Thiago as an indisputable and has defended him several times at a press conference, while the Spanish player has to finish adapting to the Premier League to correct these figures.
“He was late, which is the nature of some transfers. Then he had COVID, got injured and even had to adjust to a new team, and not a team without problems. We had to rebuild the team almost every three days because of defense, which is unfortunate for Thiago, “said Klopp, adding that” he has played some exceptional games and had great moments on the field. He is highly respected on the team. It’s just a public perception that when he’s in the field we don’t do it well. These kinds of things are just shit, let me put it that plainly. They are not right”.
“At Bayern he played a different style, in a different league and he was much more dominant in the Bundesliga than any team in the Premier League. Everyone needs to adapt. Thank god we are all smart enough to judge the situation correctly. Thiago can play better football, of course, but not all of us can do it, ”the German concluded.