Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara proved his class by rising above the frenetic tempo of the Premier League to boss the midfield within the Reds’ comfy 3-0 win over Leeds.
Leeds began the sport at 100mph in a bid to attempt to unsettle Liverpool at a hostile Elland Street. However it didn’t work on Thiago, who was at all times in management and continually capable of decide the holes in Marcelo Bielsa’s workforce.
It hasn’t at all times been a straightforward trip for the Spaniard since his much-hyped switch from Bayern Munich final summer season – coronavirus and a knee harm restricted him to just one begin earlier than January. Even when match, he struggled to rise up to hurry and Liverpool as a workforce didn’t hit kind till March.
However it is a totally different Thiago, nearer to the one which emerged at Barcelona and established himself as among the finest midfielders on the earth throughout seven trophy-laden seasons in Germany.
Particularly now, with Georginio Wijnaldum gone and Jordan Henderson not an everyday starter, it’s vital that Thiago has come to the fore for Liverpool – and he has.
The Leeds midfield couldn’t get close to him and his class was what in the end made the distinction. Thiago was calm when the hosts weren’t and that allowed he and Liverpool to play via the manic central areas of the pitch and create probabilities the place it mattered within the remaining third.
It will probably typically be the type of efficiency that goes below the radar as a result of others additional up the pitch will take the plaudits – on this case the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane – however Thiago arguably deserves extra reward than anybody for offering the inspiration for the remainder.
With the sport already gained, the Spaniard did additionally register an help of his personal of the very best high quality. He took the ball down from an ungainly top and so calmly laid it off to Mane to keep away from the problem of a Leeds defender, ensuing within the third aim.
If that is the Thiago that Liverpool can depend on week after week, this season will likely be vibrant.