Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, the pundit has been waxing-lyrical about Liverpool’s midfield against Leeds, reserving special praise for Thiago Alcantara.
Often when Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United play, the midfield battle is where the game is won and lost, and that was no different this weekend as Liverpool came to Elland Road.
The Reds lined up with a technically brilliant midfield three, and while the Yorkshire club were able to put in the hard yards and run their socks off, Klopp’s men were simply too good.
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Neville was blown away by what he saw from Liverpool’s midfield, particularly Thiago.
“It was a really good performance, before the game you think, do you need to fight fire with fire against Leeds? Match their energy, so when you see Elliott, Thiago and Fabinho in the midfield, who aren’t the most athletic and mobile, even though they can run, you think maybe Leeds have got a chance to run off them,” Neville said.
“But it was all about composure, it reminded me of Scholes at Anfield, the game was so frantic and all of the sudden there’s a small guy in the middle of the pitch who just puts his foot on it and there’s calm and peace. Carrick did the same for us sometimes. What Thiago did for Liverpool there is what he was brought into do, when everything was frantic and running around, he just put his foot on the ball and played the pass that opens the game up, and he did that.”
Thiago Alcantara caught a lot of flak for his performances last season, but this year he’s been nothing short of spectacular.
The midfielder just looks so composed on the ball, and his passing range is simply ridiculous, as is his footballing IQ.
Neville wanted to compare Thiago to Paul Scholes, but in our view, the little Spaniard has been even better than the Manchester United legend in recent weeks.
If Thiago keeps this up, there’s no reason why the Reds can’t win the Premier League this term.