Midfield Conundrum: 5 Problems Thiago Could Cause At Liverpool

Liverpool have completed the signing of former Bayern Munich superstar Thiago Alcantara in a four year deal. The 29-year-old Spanish international is the second player to join Liverpool this summer after the summer capture of left back Kostas Tsimikas from Greek side Olympiakos.

Signing Thiago come with lots of excitements but, there’s possibility he will either struggle or create problems which the club at the moment don’t need.

Here are 5 problems Liverpool will likely encounter with Signing Thiago

Thiago will limit the playing time of Curtis Jones, Naby Keita and even Gini Wijnaldum– Thiago is arguably head and shoulder above all Liverpool’s current midfielders based on the trophies he has won and experienced gathered from playing for two of the biggest clubs in the world {Barcelona and Bayern Munich} while been managed by the likes of Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti, Hansi Flick and others.

If he turns up the style at Liverpool, he will be a first team player meaning Jurgen Klopp will have to drop Gini Wijnaldum or Fabinho for Thiago while reducing Naby Keita and Curtis Jones playing time. The only player save from been benched is Oxlade Chamberlian due to his ability to shoot from any distance and score.

Thiago could disrupt the harmony in the dressing room- Every manager knows a harmonious dressing room massively helps the team to win games and probably trophies. A small distraction can tip the balance and affect the output of some players.

Alcantara is a sensational player on the pitch but what do we really know about him behind the scene? Jurgen Klopp must ensure the Spaniard fit it socially with his co-players.

Changing the winning formula to accommodate Thiago’s creative impetus– Thiago left Bayern Munich who mostly play a 4-2-3-1 formation with him operating as a deep playing midfielder who orchestrate the tempo of the game while Leon Goretzka plays the defensive role.

At Liverpool, the club mostly play a 4-3-3 formation which will see him moved to the left or right of the 3 man midfield. He then be expected to harry and chase the ball much more than he was wants to and that will affect his creativity just like Naby Keita who burns out due to excessive running.

But Jurgen Klopp can change all that, if he tweaks his tried and tested formula to suit Thiago Alcantara’s game. The 29-year-old will need more of the game to work his magic and less of running.

Thiago might be overwhelmed by the pace and intensity off the Premier League– The Premier League is much faster and highly competitive than the Bundesliga. The likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner have both admitted they’re struggling to get into rhythm due to ferocity of the league.

Injuries are been a occurring event in his career, he might be breakdown at Liverpool- Due to the speed and ferocity of the Premier League, Thiago could suffer strains, muscle cramps and probably thigh injuries. This could be solved with proper recovery and conditioning.

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