Jurgen Klopp has his back on under fire Thiago Alcantara

Jurgen Klopp claims Thiago has been unlucky and needs some time to adapt.

The Reds boss has come in defence of summer signing Thiago Alcantara who was expected to do big things for the Merseyside club.

The Spaniard was out for three months by a knee injury and has quite struggled to impose himself on games.

Liverpool has lost five out of six games Thiago started.

Jurgen Klopp has blasted rumours of Thiago leaving Anfield and believes he needs some more time to adapt to the Premier League.

“He came in late, which is just the nature of some transfers, then he got Covid, got injured, and still had to adapt to a new team – and a team which was not exactly flying with no problems at all,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“We’ve had to rebuild the team pretty much every three days because of changing the last line and changing a lot of things, so that’s just really unlucky for Thiago.

“But he has played some exceptional games and had some exceptional moments on the pitch, and he is so respected in the squad.

“It’s just a public perception. ‘Oh, Thiago is in and we don’t perform well anymore.’ These kind of things are just b******s, let me say it like that! They are just not right.

“Everybody needs time to adapt. Bayern played a different style, in a different league, and were much more dominant in the Bundesliga than any team can be in the Premier League.

“So, that’s all different. But thank God, we are all smart enough to judge the situation correctly here. Thiago can play better football, yes, of course, but we all can play better football. No doubt about it.”


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