Scouting report from Thiago Alcantara: How the midfielder fared at the...

Scouting report from Thiago Alcantara: How the midfielder fared at the...
Scouting report from Thiago Alcantara: How the midfielder fared at the...
Thiago Alcantara gave Liverpool fans a real sign of the future when he made his first start for the club in the 2-2 draw with Everton.

Bayern Munich’s £ 27m signing last month came up against Chelsea last month when he came off the bench at halftime in a 2-0 win over the Blues.

After testing positive for coronavirus, he had to suspend the two games against Arsenal and the shock loss to Aston Villa before the international break.

The Reds fans had to be patient to see the player start, but Jurgen Klopp put his trust in the Spaniard on the biggest stage to include him in his line-up for the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park.



Thiago Alcantara was usually neat and tidy in possession
(Image: PA)

Thiago drifted in and out of the game in the early stages but looked decent in possession and tossed around a few short passes as he grew into the match.

He almost freed Mohamed Salah with a creative ball over the top of the Everton defense, but only slightly overcooked and Jordan Pickford was able to collect himself.

The 29-year-old has been fouled multiple times while remaining in possession of the ball in the middle and it is already clear that he must have the ball at all times, but may have to spend considerable time on deck as frustrated opponents try to get it from him.

Thiago’s eyes lit up just after half an hour when he received the ball in space just outside the D, but although he got his shot well, his shot whistled well over the left post.

In the second half, Thiago’s confidence seemed to grow even more, and he began to set the pace and spread the game even further with a variety of passes.

He never gave up possession and was always calm and relaxed on the ball.



Thiago looked at home in Liverpool midfield
(Image: PA)

He was fortunate enough not to be fleeing serious injury when Richarlison’s horror attack on him late knocked the Brazilian off and Liverpool fans no doubt breathed a sigh of relief when he stood up, shaken, but okay.

It was Thiago who released Sadio Mane with a brilliant pass when he crossed for a last minute Jordan Henderson winner, but they were cruelly turned down when VAR ruled offside.

Overall, it was a very satisfying debut for the player despite the fact that his team failed to win.

The only criticism that could get in Thiago’s way is the fact that he wasn’t involved in any of Liverpool’s goals and drifted into and out of the game rather than dominating throughout.

Still, it was a promising start and he will undoubtedly keep improving the more he plays for Jürgen Klopp.

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