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Klopp must unleash Liverpool dynamo Thiago vs Chelsea

Liverpool have enjoyed a perfect start to their Premier League campaign with six points out of a possible six from their opening two matches.

The Reds beat newly-promoted Norwich 3-0 in their first match, at Carrow Road, before hosting Burnley at Anfield in a 2-0 win a week later.

They now face Champions League holders Chelsea, who have also won their games 3-0 and 2-0, on home soil on Saturday in their first big test of the 2021/22 campaign.

Will Liverpool beat Chelsea?

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One change Klopp could make to his team from the win over Burnley is in the midfield area of the pitch. He should unleash Spanish international Thiago Alcantara after he played the final 10 minutes against the Clarets last week, as he could terrify Thomas Tuchel’s side.

At the start of the 2020/21 campaign, Thiago made his debut for the Reds in the second half of a 2-0 win against the Blues and enjoyed a sensational 45 minutes of football. Despite his limited time on the pitch, he completed a whopping 74 passes and created one chance – dictating the play from midfield.

Jorginho and N’Golo Kante both started the match and were unable to get to grips with Thiago’s movement off the ball and excellent selection of passing to beat the press, which is why Chelsea could be worried if the midfielder is selected this weekend.

The £27m-rated dynamo was once hailed as extraordinary by Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi. He said: “I think he is an extraordinary player.”

“Thiago is not just a player for the future, but he is someone who can make an impact right now as well.”

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Harvey Elliott started in the midfield three for Liverpool against Burnley and showed some promising signs, but with Thiago now back fit and available – with a track record of performing against Chelsea – he should now be dropped for the Spaniard. Elliott was given a SofaScore rating of 6.9 against the Clarets, with three key passes, but lost possession 17 times as his inexperience at the top level showed.

Thiago, meanwhile, averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.16 in the Premier League last season, averaging 2.5 tackles and 1.3 interceptions whilst also creating 1.3 chances per game. This shows that he is able to put in consistent performances and can be relied upon by Klopp, which is another reason why he should be thrown in against Chelsea ahead of the inexperienced Elliott.

If the 30-year-old can produce a display similar to the one he managed at Stamford Bridge last year, then Liverpool could have a great chance of coming away with the three points – just as they did on that day.

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