Xabi Alonso has made an exciting prediction about Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara while talking to UEFA’s official website, claiming the Reds midfielder can have just as good a career at Anfield – as he did at Bayern Munich.
Thiago, 29, joined Liverpool in the summer from Bayern – after seven years, 235 appearances, seven Bundesliga titles and a Champions League trophy to his name. He has since just played twice for Liverpool, with injury hampering his progress.
The Spanish star is still sidelined after a bad tackle from Everton attacker Richarlison, which saw the Brazilian red carded and banned for three matches. It is believed the ex-Barcelona man has a chance of returning to action in December.
Despite a slow start, Alonso is unwavering in his prediction about Thiago. Having played alongside the Italy-born star at Bayern, he believes Thiago can shine for Liverpool and match his success at Bayern at Alonso’s old team, on Merseyside.
“I have loved watching Thiago Alcántara, the way he has been able to connect with the attacking players, helping to defend with his special qualities. He’s a great friend, but above that, he’s become one of the best midfielders,” Alonso said.
“He’s a fabulous, intelligent, interesting, fun guy. He loves football; he shows that with his personality. He’s able to connect with his team-mates. He’s done it fantastically at Bayern, and I feel that he’s going to do it in the same way at Liverpool, and I love it.”
TBR’s view – Thiago return can take Liverpool to Premier League title
Having Thiago at the base of the Liverpool midfield will enormously boost the Reds’ centre-back crisis. Dejan Lovren left the club, while Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk have suffered injuries which are expected to keep them out for the season.
But Fabinho is able to offer cover at centre-back, and having Thiago in the holding midfield role means Liverpool can use Fabinho solely as a centre-back to cover Gomez and van Dijk. Thiago can solve Liverpool’s weakness, and take them to the title.