Liverpool fans were over the moon when Thiago Alcantara completed his £20 million move from Bayern Munich last summer.
The Spain international, 29, is widely regarded as one of the most technically gifted midfielders in the world and had just helped Bayern win a treble.
"I know all the people at Bayern wanted to keep him desperately,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said after landing Thiago. “That's normal and understandable because he played an important role, in the last season as well.
"He just was ready for a new challenge and he decided for us."
Thiago made his debut away at Chelsea last month and earned rave reviews for his classy performance after entering the fray as a second-half substitute.
He was then forced to miss the Reds’ next four fixtures after testing positive for Covid-19.
But the Spaniard made a triumphant return during Saturday lunchtime’s Merseyside derby, producing a Man of the Match performance in the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.
A video of Thiago’s individual highlights has emerged and it’s proof that Liverpool have signed a true maestro.
Watch the video here…
The guy is different class, isn’t he?
He makes everything look so effortless.
And what about that no-look pass in the build-up to Jordan Henderson’s disallowed goal? That would have gone down as one of the best ‘pre-assists’ ever seen.
Thiago also posted some eye-catching stats during the draw.
Nobody had more touches, produced more passes, completed more take-ons or registered more interceptions.
Liverpool fans will now be praying that Thiago is available for Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Ajax next week.
Per the Daily Mail’s Dominic King, the midfielder went to hospital for a scan after the match following a dangerous challenge by Richarlison, who was shown a red card.
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