'I did wonder': Peter Crouch says 'beautiful' Liverpool star has proved him wrong
Peter Crouch says that Thiago Alcantara has proved him wrong after initially being sceptical over his signing for Liverpool.
In his Daily Mail column, the former Reds talisman has claimed that the Spaniard has now proved his worth.
Thiago scored for the second game running as Liverpool defeated Southampton 4-0 at Anfield on Saturday.
He followed up his delicious strike against Porto in midweek with another well-taken goal against the Saints.
Thiago isn’t renowned for his goals but weighing in with a few certainly won’t do his chances of impressing Jurgen Klopp any harm.
Thiago struggled with a few injury problems during his first season in the Premier League and that saw him struggle for consistency.
Now, he’s a regular in Klopp’s team and he’ll hope to really ignite his time as a Liverpool player.
Crouch is impressed and has been raving about the 30-year-old after Saturday’s game.
He told the Daily Mail: “Michael Owen described him to me as a footballer’s footballer and that is the perfect way of putting it.
“I did wonder whether he would fit into an industrious midfield, in a system that allows the full-backs to create so much. He has controlled the last few games. That is what a good run of games does.
“Thiago makes you sit up – WOW! – and can do things others can’t. A beautiful, graceful man to watch.”
Integral: Thiago now showcasing Liverpool class
Crouch wasn’t really wrong to hold reservations over whether or not Thiago would slot seamlessly into the Liverpool system.
Right now, however, it’s pretty conclusive that he’s more than comfortable operating in Klopp’s midfield and long may it continue.
Unfortunate niggles have hampered his Anfield progress but he has enjoyed a strong run of form during November.
The challenge for Thiago is to stay fit and ultimately keep his place in the Liverpool team for the foreseeable.
During 235 games for Bayern Munich, Thiago became one of the best in the world at what he does.
If Klopp can get him back to that level of performance, then Liverpool really could become unstoppable once again.
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