Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes believes that Thiago would be “more suitable” for Manchester United than his current club, Liverpool.
The Premier League champions signed the Spanish midfielder Thiago from Bayern Munich last summer in a deal that cost just £20 million.
As one of Europe’s highly-rated midfielders, Thiago was expected to have a massive impact at Anfield, but he has endured a disappointing first season in the Premier League.
The 29-year-old has not shown the form he did in Germany, while Liverpool’s title defense collapsed in a period in which the team won just two of its 11 league games.
Thiago helped Liverpool get back on the winning track on Sunday with a routine 2-0 win over late Sheffield United, but Scholes still doubts the Spaniard will thrive consistently under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.
The former Manchester United and England midfielder told Premier League productions: “The way Liverpool play with the three in midfield, I don’t think he has great legs about him, so that central role would suit him down to the ground.
“Once you are in a wider position in the three, it’s very difficult to get around the pitch because he’s not that type of player. He’s not someone who is going to be running out to a left-back. It’s just not his game.
“He just needs to be sat in the middle. Controlling things, bringing players into play and that’s what he’s good at – I just wonder if this way of playing that Liverpool play is suited to his style of football.
“He doesn’t seem a Jurgen Klopp type player, does he? You think of the midfield players he has got and the forward players. Everything is 100 miles per hour.
“I thought he would have been more suited to a Manchester United team. In a two in midfield with a holding player, really good strong defensive player, where he can sit and control games.
“Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, I don’t see them controlling games. I see them going for the throat in teams. He hasn’t got that energy to really overpower midfield players.”