Premier League German defends his midfielder
Liverpool are not having the best of times right now and one of those taking the heat of the criticism has been Thiago Alcantara, but Jurgen Klopp was keen to come to his defence and hit back at the critics.
The German didn’t mince his words as he criticised the over-the-top analysis of the Spain international and appealed for some common sense.
“It’s just a public perception: ‘Oh, Thiago is in and we don’t perform well anymore,'” Klopp said.
“These kind of things are just bull***t, let me say it like that! They are just not right.”
The Liverpool manager admitted that Thiago could improve but that he had been unfortunate with certain circumstances and still needed time to adapt, while insisting that the criticism has nonetheless been disproportionate as pundits look for easy scapegoats.
“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,” Klopp explained.
“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.”
Klopp knows there is more to come from the 29-year-old playmaker, but he is relaxed about the situation and trusts in Thiago‘s quality.
“Everybody needs time to adapt. Bayern [Munich] 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,” Klopp noted.
“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.”