Stan Collymore was majorly impressed by new Liverpool signing Thiago Alcantara following his debut, as he produced an eye-catching display in the Premier League win over Chelsea at the weekend.
Despite only joining the Reds last Friday, he was used as a half-time substitute by Jurgen Klopp two days later in the 2-0 victory against 10-man Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The 29-year-old central midfielder slotted effortlessly into the centre of the park for the Merseyside giants and instantly looked comfortable in his new team.
He is playing with plenty of confidence after being a part of a Bayern Munich side last year that won both the Champions League and the Bundesliga in impressive style.
Collymore can already see Thiago being a value player in the Liverpool XI, plus he made a comparison to Premier League and Manchester United legend Paul Scholes for his footballing brain.
Scholes is regarded by many as one of the finest ball-playing midfielders that English has ever produced and it’s certainly a big comparison.
“I am convinced someone with Thiago Silva’s knowledge would not have allowed that problem to go unnoticed for long,” Collymore wrote in the Mirror.
“He has that sixth sense that such as Paul Scholes had, something that gives them an extra split-second on the ball compared to those they’re playing against.
And when you get a player who can think quickly and take you quickly from a defensive passage of play on to the front foot, you have to cherish him because he is absolute gold-dust.
Thiago, who cost £20million (Sky Sports) to sign from Bayern this summer, looked a serious bargain when he joined and if his first 45 minutes in a Liverpool shirt are anything to go by then he will be.
The Spaniard has already proven he’s a top-class talent during his time with Bayern and Barcelona, but he’s been brave enough to now try take on the challenge of English football as well.
Liverpool are already a dominant side that have been transformed into one of the world’s best in the past couple of years, but the new signing could perhaps improve them even further with a tad more creativity in the midfield areas.