Followers have moved to defend Thiago after his lack of assists for Liverpool was used to criticise his impression, with many mentioning that the ultimate go isn’t actually his job.
It will be flawed to argue that Thiago‘s first season with the Reds has been something near a powerful success.
Since swapping Bayern Munich for Liverpool in a deal price £25 million, the Spaniard has made 25 appearances, of which solely 10 have seen him finish on the successful aspect.
Total, the Reds have suffered in 2020/21, and with damage and sickness plaguing his begin to life on Merseyside, that’s definitely true of their No. 6.
Regardless of a humbling 1-1 draw to Newcastle on Saturday, Thiago produced certainly one of his greatest performances for the membership, along with his withdrawal within the 76th minute pointed to because the catalyst for a collapse.
He was the one participant to break the 100-pass mark, discovering his man with 90.1 % and creating two possibilities, whereas additionally finishing a game-high six tackles.
Thiago‘s incisive go via for Mohamed Salah to put off to Diogo Jota was one of many strikes of the afternoon, and deserved to finish in a second purpose for the Reds and successfully kill off the sport.
However within the aftermath, BBC Sport’s chief soccer author Phil McNulty pointed to a statistic courtesy of the Telegraph‘s Chris Bascombe to criticise Thiago‘s “impression (or lack of)”:
It’s true, in fact, that Thiago is but to register his first help for Liverpool, however he’s not precisely a participant famend for teeing up targets for his team-mates.
Relatively, Thiago is a midfielder who dictates play to permit these additional ahead to search out harmful openings – which explains why solely six gamers (10+ appearances) common extra passes per 90 within the Premier League than his 84.4.
McNulty’s criticism was rightly flagged by Liverpool supporters and even these of different golf equipment:
Maybe probably the most pertinent responses in defence of Thiago got here in highlighting that even when Liverpool had Kevin De Bruyne within the aspect they’d nonetheless want these up entrance to complete their possibilities:
Maybe, given he arrived at Liverpool as a confirmed world-class midfielder, Thiago must be held to increased requirements than others.
However the 30-year-old has develop into a lazy scapegoat for a aspect with apparent points all around the pitch, with these most not too long ago rising in assault, with wasteful ending the difficulty towards each Leeds and Newcastle final week.
For a participant coming into an unsettled aspect, sidelined for months via damage, it has been an understandably tough season for Thiago – to lambast him for failing to help misses the purpose solely.