Rio Ferdinand makes Thiago claim after Liverpool win

Rio Ferdinand has told BT Sport (broadcast on 24/11; 11:22) that he still believes that there is more to come from Thiago Alcantara at Liverpool, insisting the midfielder at his best ‘just purrs’.

Thiago was the star of the show as the Reds maintained their flawless run in the group-stages of the Champions League.

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Jurgen Klopp’s men beat Porto 2-0 at Anfield on Wednesday. It was Thiago who broke the deadlock before Mohamed Salah doubled the lead.

Salah’s goal was hugely impressive as he sat one defender down without getting particularly near him. But it is unlikely to be spoken about too much following the outrageous strike from Thiago.

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The Spain international unleashed one of the purest hits of the football you will see. He was some distance from goal, and yet the ball never touched the grass nor ever moved more than a foot off the ground.

‘There’s more to come from him’

Unsurprisingly, it was Thiago that many supporters were lauding on social media following the contest. Plenty felt that he was the best player on the pitch without the goal.

He has certainly gone some way to silencing the doubters he has had since coming to the Premier League.

But Ferdinand suggested that he still believes that the 30-year-old can become even more influential in the future.

“I still think there’s more to come from him in a Liverpool shirt. I think the Thiago we saw at Bayern Munich, dictating play and running games, hasn’t quite come to the fore yet in a Liverpool shirt,” he told BT Sport.

“But I think sometimes it takes time to adjust. Yeah, he’s had games and he’s had time here. But some players adapt at a different rate. The player I saw at Bayern Munich when they won the Champions League, he just purrs. You stand there and think, ‘wow, sensational stuff’.”

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It does appear, in hindsight, that Thiago was always likely to fail in the eyes of some whatever he achieved on Merseyside.

The expectations surrounding him were crazy. Of course, that is partly down to how outstanding he had been with Bayern, as Ferdinand suggests.

But there was also an unwillingness to accept that Thiago may not adjust immediately. And actually, his form would have been seen as hugely impressive if he was another midfielder coming in.

Most Liverpool fans have defended Thiago throughout his time at Anfield. And it appears that they can now expect his doubters to finally get a lot quieter.

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