Thiago Alcantara admits he has not been at his best since he joined Liverpool but believes playing alongside Fabinho can change that.
Thiago Alcantara admits he has not been happy with his form since signing for Liverpool but believes he can prosper alongside ‘awesome’ Fabinho.
The Spaniard has struggled for consistency since arriving from Bayern Munich last September. Injury for over two months has not helped his cause either.
Thiago has been accused in some quarters of slowing down Liverpool’s play and contributing to the champions’ alarming Premier League form this calendar year.
However, the 29-year-old was hugely impressive in the 2-0 Champions League round of 16 second-leg win against RB Leipzig on Wednesday.
Speaking on his form after the game, Thiago said to TNT Sports: “I don’t read a word about what people talk about me.”
“I know that I receive some criticism about my performances, but I’m not happy with my performance since I came here.”
“A new club, a strange situation (COVID), I had a strong injury, so get to into the rhythm it was hard, but it’s not an excuse.”
Thiago was deployed in a more advanced midfield role with Fabinho starting at number six for the first time since the Merseyside derby in October. Similar to Fabinho, the Spaniard says he enjoyed himself in that role.
“He is a great player,” Thiago added about Fabinho.
“He gives us a lot of confidence in our backs, and it’s awesome to play alongside him.”
“It frees me up a bit, I can move some lines forward and with that I can be more confident and player (nearer) with the strikers.”
“I enjoy playing a bit more advanced because you’re always near the goal and you can create chances and score. It’s a nice position.”