Liverpool legend defends Thiago after Hamann, Barnes criticism

Will Ford

Liverpool legend John Aldridge has defended Thiago Alcantara over the “harsh” criticism he has received amid the club’s recent form.

The midfelder has started just three games in an injury hit first season at Anfield, with the team drawing two and losing one of those games.

John Barnes accused Thiago of “slowing play down” to the detriment of the front three after Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Man Utd.

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Another club legend, Dietmar Hamann, claimed the Spaniard “doesn’t really play the Liverpool way.”

But Aldridge has moved to defend Thiago, telling the Liverpool Echo: “Thiago has come in for some recent criticism after the draw with Manchester United and I find that very harsh.

“People questioning his role in the side if he suits Liverpool’s style. He’s only played three times in the league since he’s come back and it’s at a time when the front three aren’t clicking.

“You can’t put it on Thiago, no chance. He’s such a gifted player and so lovely to watch. No, I’m not having it. Assess him at the end of the season.”