Thiago brings ‘beauty to football’; praises the ‘incredible’ Liverpool lad after Champions League victory

Thiago Alcantara’s admission that he likes to bring “beauty” to football will be warmly welcomed by fans who have been waiting to see the true form of the Liverpool midfielder.

The Spanish national team player has endured 14 difficult months at Anfield, with Covid, a knee injury last season and leg problem this campaign, meaning he has been unavailable for 138 days and missed 31 of the club’s 70 matches since coming from Bayern Munich.

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Therefore, the time it takes to recover from these absences has affected the 30-year-old’s ability to achieve his best performance, but in recent weeks he has been on an upward curve and his lavish goals in Liverpools 2-0 Champions League victory over Porto exemplified the quality he has at his disposal.

What Thiago now needs is a long, uninterrupted run in the side so he can live up to the expectations fans had of him after his £ 20million move.

“I’m really happy that the action was the beauty that I like to bring in football. I’m happy about that, the midfielder said of his goal.

“I try to do my best for the team, I want to play for them and be available to the team in all phases of football.

“Ultimately, it’s about rhythm and having games in a sequence and building the physical to play with the team.

“The goal is definitely a detail in the game – also Mo’s (Salah) was an incredible goal – but it felt better to win the match, to get the three points and see that the team is still hungry, even though we were already qualified for the next stage.

“It’s the best feeling that we’re still in that mood.

“The games are special against big teams, and the small details make the difference.

“A few details we had during the match were the two goals and we were more effective than those in the final quarter of the pitch.”

While those present at Anfield got to see Thiago’s world-class talent up close, they also saw the emergence of the next product from the academy’s production line.

The 19-year-old Tyler Morton made his Champions League debut just four days after his first Premier League appearance for the club he joined at the age of seven.

He delivered a solid and compound performance and he has already impressed his more experienced and decorated teammate.

“You know he has this inner talent that makes him different with his age,” Thiago added.

“He has a long way to go, everyone knows it’s very difficult to reach this level of football, but the road will be easier for him because of his talent and also his intelligence – not only during the match but when he sees it.

“He wants an incredible future here, I think, in this club.”

Morton lined up in central midfield with Thiago and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on either side of him and was grateful for their support.

“The two were quality with me, to be honest. I can not speak louder about them, “he said

“It’s not easy to have a 19-year-old boy come in and play with them, especially behind them, and trust him.

“I felt like I got a lot of trust from both of them and I was really happy about that. The way they talk to me improves me every day, and yes, I’m really happy. “


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