Michael Owen believes Thiago is struggling at Liverpool

Summer signing Thiago Alcantara has failed to make a mark in the Premier League.

The 29-year old midfielder has struggled with fitness and COVID-19 since his arrival from Bayern Munich in the 2020 summer window for £20m.

He managed to garner 16 appearances for the Reds this season, 13 coming from the Premier League.

Michael Owen believes that if there was a Champions League final game tomorrow, Thiago won’t feature in it.

“He’s struggling, like the rest of the team but it’s not his fault,” Owen said to Premier League Productions.

“I agree with Scholesy that he’s a central player. Playing out wide, you need more legs. But if you put him central then that goes against what Liverpool have based their success on.

“You could probably get away with it with the lesser teams when you just have loads of possession and he’s basically pulling the strings everywhere.

“But to answer your question, a one-off game, Champions League final tomorrow and my whole squad was fit. I would go back to type and no (he does not play). How did we win the Champions League?

“The hardest thing I feel watching him is that he’s got more talent in his little finger than virtually every midfielder in that team.

“He’s so talented. He’s one of the most talented in the world, yet we are saying if it was a big game tomorrow.

“Would you play him? And I think your general answer is you would probably go with your (Jordan) Hendersons, Fabinhos and (Georginio) Wijnaldums.”


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