Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reacts to Thiago ‘Rolls Royce’ claims
Liverpool Jurgen Klopp has reacted to praise of Thiago as a “Rolls Royce,” with the Liverpool manager in awe of his No. 6 but arguing: “He probably wants to be a Bentley!”
Thiago Alcantara displayed yet another outstanding performance in his 15th start of the season on Saturday, with the Spaniard thriving in the engine room against Watford.
Thiago Alcantara was left out of Spain squad, although he benefited from a quiet international break to take up duties alongside Jordan Henderson and Curtis Jones at Anfield.
Thiago created the joint-most chances of any player (three) as well as making the most tackles (five) and interceptions (three).
It led talkSPORT host Jim White to hail Thiago as “a little Rolls Royce of a player,” as he spoke to Klopp after the game.
“He probably wants to be a Bentley, rather than a Rolls Royce, so he’s a bit quicker!” the German replied.
“But no, he’s an outstanding player – wow.
“I knew that when he arrived here, of course. He was unlucky with injuries and stuff like this at the start, but when he is fit he can give the game a real rhythm.
“He’s got an eye for that, he calms the game down in the right moments, he has a sensational overview of the game.
“I saw that a lot in football games, too, I just didn’t have the feet to use it. So thank God he does!
“I can imagine you enjoyed it, I did as well.”
Thiago is undoubtedly one of the most talented footballers in the Liverpool squad, but it is so often the case that his body has let him down since arriving from Bayern Munich.