Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has defended under-fire signing Thiago Alcantara saying the Spaniard’s style of play shouldn’t be seen as “a negative”, speaking to TalkSPORT.

And Murphy, rather than seeing the way Thiago plays as having a negative impact on Liverpool’s play, labelled Thiago’s slow build-up play a “gift” for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Liverpool signed Thiago on a long-term contract in September, despite the midfielder being 29 years old.

The Spanish international played a combined 335 matches for Barcelona and Bayern Munich before his arrival in the Premier League.

Thiago left the German giants after 31 goals and 37 assists for the Bundesliga champions.

Murphy: ‘Wonderful ability’

Despite being such a decorated player, some Liverpool fans have pointed to his slow style of play as one reason behind the team’s slump in form.

 

Murphy disagrees. He said: “(Thiago) is a superb footballer.

“The opinion of him slowing it down – because he has this wonderful ability at times to be calm and slow the game down – is actually a gift.

“It’s not a negative thing.”

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Thiago – no goals, no assists

Despite Murphy defending Thiago so passionately, the midfielder has yet to register a goal or assist for Liverpool.

He has, however, picked up three yellow cards in only 748 Premier League minutes.

Even the greatest players can take a little while to adjust to the pressure of the Premier League.

As long as Klopp keeps the faith, Thiago should come good for Liverpool. He shouldn’t be written off yet.

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