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Peter Crouch raves over Liverpool new-boy Thiago

Sam Preston September 28, 2020
Peter Crouch raves over Liverpool new-boy Thiago
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BBC pundit Peter Crouch has raved over new Liverpool signing Thiago in the wake of his debut against Chelsea last week.

In the Daily Mail, Crouch was asked for his thoughts on the summer arrival from Bayern Munich and made it clear he’s a huge fan.

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“He could play the game in his slippers. I watched that cameo at Chelsea last week and you could tell immediately that Thiago had blown people away in his first training session, as everybody wanted to give him the ball.

“There were some similarities I could see in Thiago with Xabi Alonso. It was the way he gathered the ball, how crisply he passed it. Xabi was a wonderful footballer and he came to my mind when I watched Thiago.

“Did you see those ‘no-look’ passes and how he was rolling the ball under his studs? There was so much to admire in those 45 minutes and he is going to be a big figure through the rest of the season.”

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Liverpool were wise to refresh their side this summer. They won the league at a canter last time out but even the best sides need to keep adding fresh ideas.

Thiago does exactly that and adds a guile to their midfield which has been lacking in previous years – not that it’s done them too much harm.

The Spaniard is one for Reds fans to get excited about and given the way that some potential title rivals have started the season, Jurgen Klopp’s side should be confident of retaining their crown.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.