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Thiago is ‘trying a little bit too hard’ at Liverpool, claims Harry Kewell


The midfielder is yet to find his feet at Anfield (Picture: Getty Images)

Harry Kewell says Thiago is currently ‘trying a little bit too hard’ at Liverpool but feels Jurgen Klopp will have a ‘phenomenal’ talent within his ranks when he adjusts to playing in the Premier League.

The Reds snapped up the 29-year-old from Bayern Munich last summer in a deal worth £25million, however, he has struggled to live up to expectations since his arrival at Anfield.

Thiago was out of action earlier in the season for over two months with a knee injury and Klopp recently had to defend his midfielder from criticism.

Klopp has had a long line of injury issues to deal with this season (Picture: Getty Images)

But former Liverpool winger Kewell believes Thiago, who won seven Bundesliga titles and the Champions League while at Bayern, is one of the world’s best players and expects him to flourish once he fully adapts to English football.

Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leeds vs Sheffield United, Kewell said: ‘I think Thiago Alcantara is one of the best players in the world.

‘People might disagree with that but I think he’s just trying a little bit too hard at the moment. His vision is brilliant, his distribution is excellent.

‘He’s just got to adapt to the English way. Once he’s done that, Liverpool have got a phenomenal midfielder on their hands.

‘When people say you need to have relationships with certain teammates in football – particularly in that midfield area – I do agree to some extent, but unfortunately we’re now playing in a time where games are coming thick and fast.

‘It’s impossible to be able to have partnerships that can play together consistently. You can probably play a pairing for maybe 30 games in a season absolute maximum, hoping they both stay injury and suspension free.

‘So you need at least four different options and connections in that midfield area, so it shouldn’t matter that Thiago hasn’t been able to play with Jordan Henderson as much as we’d have perhaps liked to have seen this season.

‘Liverpool do have those connections I talk about, but it’s just that people want to see the same players alongside each other week-in, week-out, and I just don’t think you can do that in this day and age.’


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