Midfielder Thiago Alcantara offers Liverpool new hope for 2021, as he is the world-class creative playmaker that the squad of Jürgen Klopp seems to require lately: the Reds scored just one goal in the last two games in draws against relegation candidates West Brom and Newcastle, also due to a lack of finishing capacity at St. James Park.
In total, the Reds have drawn six games, scoring only two goals in each of their three one-goal wins – including, of course, Crystal Palace (7-0), Wolves (4-0) and Leicester (3-0) losses – but the trend shows that it’s hard to beat less expansive rivals in the first half of the season. Time to go on going. To the Reds, here! #YNWA @LFC pic.twitter.com/zho9EmbV2Z- Thiago Alcantara (@Thiago6) December 30, 2020 In September, Thiago was signed in hopes of being crucial in close matches against defensively-minded teams, but in October, Covid-19 and then a knee injury in the Merseyside derby limited him to only a game and a half before Christmas. As a 73rd-minute replacement against Newcastle, the Spain international made his long-awaited return and displayed a passing variety that instantly added a different dimension to the game, although he eventually struggled to make a breakthrough. But if Liverpool can keep the 29-year-old healthy for the rest of the season, they can expect to step up against bottom-six teams such as West Brom, Newcastle and Fulham in games, all of which have disappointed Klopp’s side successfully. “We signed Thiago because we thought he was a good player, so you can imagine we would like to have him in the team, that’s clear,” Klopp said of the midfielder, who in 152 minutes of soccer had already completed 184 passes. Of the 20 minutes he played, 12 were brilliant and then he felt the pressure, which is usual. “Yes, it’s good, Thiago is a super player. Of the 20 minutes he played, 12 were brilliant and then he felt the intensity, which is normal. “Yes, it’s good, Thiago is a super player. Thiago will be in the squad on Monday for the trip to Southampton and could make his second start for the club. Klopp could also get Xherdan Shaqiri back for his first outing in the game against Newcastle since early November, giving him another attacking choice – in the absence of signing Diogo Jota in September – as shown by his proven back three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. “Progress? Good, very good, but there is still a long way to go. It’s this kind of injury,”Progress? Good, very good, but there is still a long way to go. When I watch these videos, I can be pleased because they prove we are making good progress, but it will still take a lot of time.