April 21, 2021

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Liverpool star Thiago ‘not a Jurgen Klopp player’ and would be better at Man United, says Scholes

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Thiago Alcantara is not a ‘Jurgen Klopp type player’ and is better suited to Manchester United than Liverpool, according to Paul Scholes. 

The Old Trafford legend has been watching Alcantara with interest since he joined the Reds from Bayern Munich last year. 

Thiago has come in for some criticism after failing to light up the Premier League in the manner many thought he would, and Scholes thinks he is being used incorrectly. 

Thiago Alcantara has not yet delivered what many fans expected of him under Jurgen Klopp

Thiago Alcantara has not yet delivered what many fans expected of him under Jurgen Klopp

Paul Scholes believes Thiago would be better suited to Manchester United's midfield

Paul Scholes believes Thiago would be better suited to Manchester United’s midfield

He told Premier League productions: ‘The way Liverpool play with the three in midfield, I don’t think he has great legs about him, so that central role would suit him down to the ground.

‘Once you are in a wider position in the three, it’s very difficult to get around the pitch because he’s not that type of player.

‘He just needs to be sat in the middle, controlling things, bringing players into play and that’s what he’s good at – I just wonder if this way of playing that Liverpool play is suited to his style of football.

‘He doesn’t seem a Jurgen Klopp type player, does he? You think of the midfield players he has got and the forward players. Everything is 100 miles per hour.’

Thiago 'does not have the legs' to play on either side of a three in midfield, says Scholes

Thiago ‘does not have the legs’ to play on either side of a three in midfield, says Scholes

Scholes went on to add that his old side would have been a better fit for the man who joined Liverpool for £20million from Bayern Munich.  

‘I thought he would have been more suited to a Manchester United team. In a two in midfield with a holding player, really good strong defensive player, where he can sit and control games,’ he said. 

‘Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, I don’t see them controlling games. I see them going for the throat in teams. He hasn’t got that energy to really overpower midfield players.’

Thiago has never been seen as a player to deliver lots of goals from midfield but the Spain international is still yet to provide an assist. 

The 29-year-old is still finding his feet in the Premier League after an injury-hit start

The 29-year-old is still finding his feet in the Premier League after an injury-hit start

Having suffered a nasty injury in the first Merseyside derby of the season last year, it took months for him to have a run in the team. 

Klopp recently responded to criticism of his midfielder, telling 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 (of defence) 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 says there are lots of mitigating factors for Thiago not performing at his best yet

Klopp says there are lots of mitigating factors for Thiago not performing at his best yet 

‘It’s just a public perception. “Oh, Thiago is in and we don’t perform well anymore.” These kind of things are just b******s, let me say it like that. They are just not right.

‘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,’ he concluded.  

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