Liverpool defender Nat Phillips says there were never any doubts in the squad about the ability of “unbelievable footballer” Thiago Alcântara.
Thiago arrived at Anfield from Bayern Munich for the start of the season. He did not enjoy the easiest of bedding-in periods and was badly injured by a rash Richarlison tackle in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park in October.
In a chat with the Liverpool Echo, Phillips discussed how impressed the first-team squad was with Thiago’s ability in training, right from the off:
“He’s unbelievable. His technical ability and knowledge of the game. His head is always on a pivot.
“He always knows exactly what is around him to the centimetre. He is a good talker as well and I love how he gets stuck into challenges, I like that side of his game.
“At the start of the season, a few people were doubting him or weren’t sure about him. We were training with him day in, day out and we all knew from seeing him in training, and obviously what he has achieved in the game prior, that no one needed to worry about him.”
Liverpool’s number six really came into himself later on in the season, beginning to dominate games from the middle of the park for Jürgen Klopp’s Reds.
“You hadn’t seen anything yet. There were some moments he’d produce in matches later on that he had produced in training.
“In those moments, you know this guy is a serious player. Just to have shared a pitch with him is something I can look back on and be proud of because he is an unbelievable footballer.”
Liverpool fans everywhere are excited to see what more is to come from Thiago next season when he has other leaders in the team back such as Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Jordan Henderson. We think there’s a lot to look forward to from the Spain international playmaker in the coming years at Anfield.
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