Ex Bayern Munich midfielder, Thiago Alcantara doesn’t play the Liverpool way, Dietmar Hamann has said. Dietmar recently urged Klopp to be very careful with the £20 million players, because he could impact his playing style negatively.
According to him, the Spaniard’s style does not suit Liverpool’s set-up, and Klopp cannot afford to change a winning formula to accommodate him.
He added that giving the ball early to Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane makes LFC win games, but Alcantara is not doing that at the moment.
His words, “He slows things down and doesn’t really play the way Liverpool play,”
“Liverpool in the past have had hard-working midfielders, they were not as skilful as Thiago, but they gave the ball to [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah early.
“If you get the ball early on the wing, and these guys can run at players they are very hard to stop.
“I just feel with Thiago, everyone was raving about him coming to Liverpool, he’s hardly played. He came on against Chelsea and had the most passes in the second half, against a Chelsea team that was down to 10 men.
“He came on against Newcastle in the last 25 minutes, Newcastle were dead on their feet, everyone was raving about how good he is.”
“I can tell you, he’s a good player, a skilful player. But there was never a time in Munich where people said, ‘oh he’s the first on the teamsheet’. So I’d be very cautious when it comes to Thiago.”
“And the other thing is, as other people alluded to earlier, he plays a different style of football. He likes to be in possession.
“Liverpool were always good when they weren’t in possession, won it and played quickly forward.
“He’s not that type of player, so it will be very interesting when he does play more often now how it’s going to change the dynamics of the team.”
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