Many Liverpool fans on Twitter have been discussing Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara following his display in his side’s 3-0 win against Chelsea on Tuesday night.
The Bundesliga giants would have been looking to pick up a positive result in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against the Blues at Stamford Bridge, and they did more than that by recording a comprehensive victory.
According to SofaScore, Thiago completed four tackles and five interceptions against Frank Lampard’s men, while he was successful with nine of the 11 long balls he attempted, with a passing accuracy of 92% overall.
The 28-year-old, whose contract with the Bavarian side runs out in less than 18 months, oozed class against Chelsea, and showed exactly why Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp labelled him as a “world-class footballer” this time last year.
Many Reds supporters have certainly made it clear that they would like to see the Spain international arrive at Anfield, as you can see below.
One fan urged the likes of sporting director Michael Edwards and Peter Moore to sign the midfielder on the cheap this summer, when he will have just 12 months remaining on his deal.
Thiago free agent in the summer?! I’m on my knees Klopp, please. pic.twitter.com/QvxL4dcTMz
— (@BSSLFC) February 25, 2020
@LFC I BEG LITERALLY WOULD BE 1 OF THE BEST MIDS IN THE LEAGUE
— ‘ (@lfcfigoo) February 25, 2020
@PeterMooreLFC let’s do the thing plsss
— ████ ██ (@Skilli0naire) February 25, 2020
Sign him on the cheap this summer as his contract runs until next summer
— Ali Osman (@aliosman293) February 25, 2020
I still want Liverpool to buy Thiago
— DaBadGuy (@frekman17) February 25, 2020
Would happily sell my limbs for us to sign Thiago. What a footballer.
— Matthew Ordish (@MattOrdish) February 25, 2020
One individual compared Thiago to Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita, who it is fair to say hasn’t exactly shone at Anfield thus far following his 2018 move from RB Leipzig.
The Guinea international has six goals and two assists in 51 appearances for the Merseyside team so far, and he came under criticism from James Pearce for his display against West Ham United on Monday.
Thiago is everything I want Keita to be.
— B N D N. (@Brand0nLFC) February 25, 2020
Another fan suggested that the Spaniard is too injury prone, and they’ve probably got a point.
Indeed, as per Transfermarkt, the 28-year-old has suffered 15 separate issues since the beginning of the 2016/17 campaign, and while his longest absence has been 13 matches it still isn’t a great record.
Too injury prone
— Bart . (@BartLFC) February 25, 2020