Thiago Alcantara says he has found working with Jurgen Klopp ‘amazing’ despite struggling since his £20m move from Bayern Munich as Liverpool languish 25 points of Premier League leaders Manchester City
- Thiago Alcantara had a great debut against Chelsea before getting Covid-19
- He was then out for more than two months after Richarlison’s bad challenge
- Thiago said he tried to use his spell on the sidelines as a learning opportunity
- The Spain international also admitted the current campaign has been frustrating
Thiago Alcantara has said that the opportunity to work under Jurgen Klopp has so far been ‘amazing’ despite Liverpool’s poor form.
The Spain international arrived at Anfield after winning the Champions League with Bayern Munich.
However, the 29-year-old has not had the impact in England that many would have imagined, with injuries, poor form and a Covid-19 diagnosis all hampering his form as the Reds sit seventh on 46 points, 25 points adrift of leaders Manchester City and a long way from the form that saw them finish as champions of England last season for the first time in 30 years.
Thiago Alcantara has enjoyed playing under Jurgen Klopp despite Liverpool’s struggles
The 29-year-old was sidelined for more than two months after a horror tackle by Richarlison
That said, the £20million man says he is enjoying the challenge of playing under Klopp and told the BBC’s Football Focus: ‘It’s amazing. You learn a lot and you have to play a different side of the game that you’ve played before.
‘It’s awesome because you have to learn, adapt yourself and evolve with that. The team-mates we have are quality, so it makes you even happier to perform and play even better football.’
After an impressive debut against Chelsea last September, the former Barcelona midfielder was out for the best part of four weeks following a positive Covid test before he returned in a fiery Merseyside derby, sustaining a knee injury following a horror challenge by Richarlison that kept him out until December 30.
Despite the setback, Thiago saw the injury as a learning opportunity.
‘It was a bad time because I expected to be on the pitch before I was,’ he admitted. ‘But it was a period to learn more about the club and the city.’
Thiago also conceded that this season has been difficult for the club, but said the team were focused on the remainder of the campaign.
Thiago admitted it had been ‘very frustrating’ not to win games after the Reds had dominated
‘Yes, for sure. There are several games that we played to win, and we didn’t win. We didn’t deserve to lose.
‘It was very frustrating to not get the three points even playing better than the other team.
‘But it’s football, and we are just looking forward to the next game to perform as best as we can.’
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