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Jurgen Klopp’s claims of 'b*******' around Thiago Alcantara’s struggles so far at Liverpool might be off the mark after all.
Summer signing Thiago has divided opinion with his performances so far this season, with Jamie Carragher labelling him a “defensive liability” on multiple occasions.
There have also been questions raised over his suitability to Liverpool’s style of play and slowing their game down too much.
However, Klopp insists that the Champions League winner has been unlucky with injuries and is still adapting to life in the Premier League.
That is not necessarily what the stats say though, with Thiago the highest-fouling midfielder in the league.
The Spaniard actually makes a foul every 32 minutes, and has committed more infringements (26) than successful challenges (25).
Despite no doubt having access to all this data, Klopp has stuck to his story, and insists that he will give Thiago sufficient time to adapt.
He told Sky Sports: “He came in late, which is just the nature of some transfers, then he got Covid, got injured, and still had to adapt to a new team – and a team which was not exactly flying with no problems at all.
“We've had to rebuild the team pretty much every three days because of changing the last line and changing a lot of things, so that's just really unlucky for Thiago.
“But he has played some exceptional games and had some exceptional moments on the pitch, and he is so respected in the squad.
“It's just a public perception. 'Oh, Thiago is in and we don't perform well anymore.' These kind of things are just b*******, let me say it like that. They are just not right.
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“Everybody needs time to adapt. Bayern played a different style, in a different league, and were much more dominant in the Bundesliga than any team can be in the Premier League.
“So, that's all different. But thank God, we are all smart enough to judge the situation correctly here. Thiago can play better football, yes, of course, but we all can play better football. No doubt about it.”
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