Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has suggested Thiago could be key for the Reds against Arsenal on Monday, after the star ‘bossed things’ against Chelsea last Sunday.
The Spaniard was substituted on at half-time for the injured Jordan Henderson by Jurgen Klopp, and quickly set about controlling the game.
The star – who will eventually cost Liverpool a total of £25 million (BBC Sport) – saw a lot of the ball, and wowed with his range of passing from a deep-lying position in midfielder.
After the game, statistics indicated he had actually set a new Premier League record for the most passes completed in a 45-minute period.
Lawrenson said of the maestro in his weekly predicitions piece for BBC Sport: “Thiago Alcantara came into the Liverpool side for his debut against Chelsea and bossed things without even having a sweat on. He looked quite a player.”
“I’d expect the Reds to dominate possession in this game [vs Arsenal] too, and I still worry about Arsenal when they don’t have the ball.”
Henderson will miss tonight’s EFL Cup clash with Lincoln City and he and Joe Gomez are both doubts ahead of the Monday’s game against the Gunners, meaning Thiago could well start.
TBR’s View – Thiago’s brilliant debut a sign of things to come
He was mesmerising to watch against Chelsea, and Thiago is going to be a brilliant player for Liverpool.
Arsenal are going to have to bring their A-games at Anfield, or the 29-year-old could easily run the show for the hosts.
It is simply vital for the Gunners to have someone pressing him at all times – even then, it might be futile given his technical brilliance.