THIAGO ALCANTARA MAKES HIS HOME DEBUT FROM ANFIELD ON THE GRANDEST OCCASION
Some four months after joining Liverpool from Bayern Munich, Thiago Alcantara stepped out on the Anfield turf for his home debut. The Spaniard showed an early glimpse of his prodigious quality on the ball by nimbly skipping away from players. And plenty of times thereafter with his positional play, game-reading, and winning back of possession after loose balls, clearances and aerials bounced his way.
Finally, he almost showed the finishing ability which was a trait in his younger years, powering one toward the top corner late on. The former Bayern Munich man is simply a top-tier performer and the longer he’s in the team, the more Liverpool will benefit.
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HENDERSON AND FABINHO WERE FANTASTIC FOR LIVERPOOL
There was also a selection dilemma at the heart of Liverpool’s defense, with Jurgen Klopp ultimately deciding to continue with Jordan Henderson at center-back. The captain partnered Fabinho, meaning the Reds had two natural midfielders playing at the back as stand-in options Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips watched on from the bench.
Fabinho moved to the right side of the center-backs and Jordan Henderson on the left, a reverse of how they played against Southampton. Henderson was up to the task and his positional work meant he was rarely exposed – but the Reds will be happy when the 30-year-old returns to midfield with Joel Matip‘s imminent return to fitness.
The Brazilian also stepped up his performance with great positional play, aerial domination, cool playing out, and some must-make tackles, both those he won and those he lost. Liverpool will hope to step up their performance when they face Burnley in the next match in hope of rekindling the title race.