Paul Scholes thinks Thiago Alcantara would’ve been a better signing for Manchester United than Liverpool after his difficult start to life at Anfield.
The Reds got back to winning ways yesterday as Thiago started in their 2-0 victory over Sheffield United, with Jurgen Klopp’s men now two points behind fourth-placed West Ham.
Before their win over the Blades on Sunday, Liverpool had only won two matches in 11 Premier League fixtures with Thiago taking a lot of criticism for their poor form.
Some pundits and fans are of the opinion that he slows down Liverpool, who have been known in recent seasons for their fast-paced high-pressing style of play.
“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,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.
“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.”