Jurgen Klopp says Thiago Alcantara being made the scapegoat for Liverpool’s poor form is “just b*******”.
Thiago has not enjoyed the start to life at Anfield he – or anyone else – was expecting, with his arrival coinciding with a dramatic slump in form from Liverpool.
But Klopp is adamant that those correlating Thiago’s presence with his side’s demise are mistaken.
“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,” said the Reds boss.
“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*******, let me say it like that! They are just not right.”
Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp added: “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.”