Takumi Minamino says £20m player did things he'd 'never seen before' in Liverpool training
Minamino left Anfield to join Monaco in June, and is preparing to go to the World Cup with Japan, who have Spain, Germany and Costa Rica in their group.
He will not come up against Thiago in Qatar, with the midfielder having been left out of his country’s squad for the tournament.
But in an interview with Kyodo News+, Minamino praised Thiago, as well as Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and James Milner.
Minamino on Thiago
“Salah and Mane were the two players who trained more than anyone,” he said.
“Thiago got lots of injuries but he was really professional, trying to avoid them by doing exercises I’ve never seen before.
“Milner was a real veteran but was fresher than anyone and led with his voice in training.”
There have been question marks over Thiago’s fitness and ability to cope with the physical nature of English football since he joined Liverpool.
At his very peak, he can toy with Premier League defences, and arguably his best Reds display came in the 4-0 win over Manchester United last season.
The £20 million man has struggled at times for fitness in the early part of this term, although he has been back in contention recently and will hope to use the World Cup break to refresh and recover.
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