Jurgen Klopp has predicted the best is about to come from Thiago Alcantara with the midfielder ready to banish a difficult first year at Liverpool.
It was on this day 12 months ago that Liverpool completed a £20million deal to bring the Spain international from Bayern Munich.
His signing, as a 29-year-old, was a break from the usual profile of player that Fenway Sports Group, the club’s owners, have pursued.
But his first three months were disrupted after he contracted Covid-19 then damaged his medial ligament in the Merseyside derby. There were, however, signs at the end of the last campaign that he was beginning to find his feet — he had a key role in the games that got Liverpool into the Champions League — and Klopp is adamant Thiago has turned a corner and is poised to become a huge influence.
‘There is much more to come from him,’ said Klopp. ‘The start was not perfect. Of course, that makes everything a little more difficult. But he showed what kind of a player he can and will be for us.
‘He is a really good character and personality and obviously a world-class player. So all fine. Yes, he has had to adapt to the way we defend. We want him to play his natural football.’