Liverpool academy prospect Dominic Corness has cited first team star Thiago as an inspiration.
In an interview with the club’s official website, midfielder Corness has said he loves watching the Spaniard play.
Thiago’s first season in English football has got off to a stuttering start; he suffered an early injury before struggling with a run of games.
But Corness’ comments offer a reminder of the quality Liverpool brought to the club in buying Thiago from Bayern Munich.
“I love to watch Thiago really. I just try to base myself off some of the things he does. Obviously he plays for the first team and that’s just the level you want to try to get to.
“I just try to get on the ball as much as I can. I’ve always liked the way Thiago played.
“He came from Barcelona as well, so he automatically had that side of football where he just has the ball as much as he can and tries to play.
“I haven’t seen him knocking about Kirkby yet, but with the new campus it’s an opportunity every time you train now because you don’t know who’s watching.”
One potential downside of the first-team bubbles which are necessary to keep the Premier League running is a lack of interaction between the top stars and the developing prospects like Corness.
The 17-year-old would have loved to have crossed paths with the Spaniard already, but that’s not possible given the bubbles needed to keep football secure.
He’ll hope that if he can make it into Jurgen Klopp’s plans, he can play alongside the man he idolises.
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