Dietmar Hamann has warned Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp he dangers messing up his championship-winning method if he repeatedly performs summer time signing Thiago Alcantara.
The Reds’ Istanbul hero says the Spaniard is a skillful participant however performs a very totally different type of soccer, and suggests he isn’t the fitting match at Anfield.
And that’s one thing Hamann warned the Reds about again in September after he was signed from Bayern Munich.
Thiago arrived at Anfield at the beginning of the season to nice fanfare, having simply helped Bayern to Champions League glory, and after a bumpy begin with harm the midfielder has begun to make common appearances within the Liverpool group.
Nonetheless, his return to the line-up has coincided with a dramatic purpose drought for the Premier League champions, who’ve solely netted as soon as of their final 4 league video games.
Thiago has performed in every of the final three of these matches, the place the Reds have failed to seek out the web in any respect in a 0-Zero draw with Newcastle, 1-Zero defeat to Southampton and one other goalless stalemate towards Manchester United.
A variety of pundits, together with Anfield legend John Barnes, famous after the draw with United that Thiago tends to decelerate Liverpool’s recreation, taking away the group’s major energy from the previous few years which has been their potential to quickly flip defence into assault.
And Hamann advised the talkSPORT Breakfast on Tuesday he has at all times had doubts about how the previous Bayern ace would slot in on Merseyside.
“For those who solely rating one purpose in 4 video games, you understand there’s a drawback,” mentioned the previous Germany midfielder and 2005 Champions League successful Pink.
“The issue in the previous few video games was going ahead. Fabinho has been sensible in defence, however he’s a loss in midfield as he provides the group good steadiness and offers the opposite midfielders and attackers the license and freedom to go ahead and revel in themselves.
“Folks made quite a lot of the arrival of Thiago, however a few folks have mentioned he actually slows issues down and doesn’t actually play the best way Liverpool play.
“Liverpool over the previous few years have had hard-working midfielders, they’re skillful – not as skillful as Thiago – however they gave the ball to Mane and to Salah early, and if these guys get the ball early on the wing and so they run at gamers they’re very needed to cease, if not unimaginable to cease.
“I simply really feel that Thiago… everybody was raving about him coming to Liverpool however he’s hardly performed. He performed two video games, he got here on towards Chelsea the place he had essentially the most passes within the second-half but it surely was towards Chelsea group that was down to 10 males, then he got here on towards Newcastle within the final 25 minutes, Newcastle had been lifeless on their toes and everybody was raving about how good he’s.
“I can inform you, he is an effective participant, he’s a skillful participant, however there was by no means a time in Munich the place folks mentioned, ‘he’s acquired to be the primary identify on the group sheet’.
“So I’m very cautious relating to Thiago.
“He performs a unique type of soccer. He likes to be in possession, however Liverpool had been at all times good after they weren’t in possession, after which after they acquired in possession they performed it shortly ahead, and he’s not that kind of participant.
“So I believe it’ll be very attention-grabbing when he does play extra typically now the way it’s going to alter the dynamics of the group.”