Jurgen Klopp rates Thiago’s debut as Liverpool beat Chelsea


Thiago impressed as Liverpool beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (Reuters)

Jurgen Klopp was impressed by Thiago Alcantara’s debut for Liverpool as the Premier League champions sealed a 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

Two second-half goals from Sadio Mane were enough for Liverpool to secure the win at Stamford Bridge, while Chelsea missed the chance to get back in the game as Jorginho’s penalty was saved by Alisson.

Thiago, meanwhile, completed his £25 million move from Bayern Munich earlier this week but was named on the bench for Liverpool’s trip to Stamford Bridge.

However, an injury to Jordan Henderson meant that the Liverpool captain had to be replaced by Thiago at the half-time break.

‘It was top timing I would say, in a game like this,’ said Klopp.

‘He [Thiago] trained, he had eight days off, he played with Spain, he trained with Munich, he’s fit, that’s not the main problem.

Jurgen Klopp praised Thiago’s performance against Chelsea (AFP via Getty Images)

‘But of course he’s not used to our things, that’s clear.

‘They [Bayern] played a different system, they played slightly different that’s how it is, that’s how football is, you have to get used to your mates next to you.

‘But then when they had one man down it was pretty much the perfect game.

‘And Hendo felt a little bit, we had to react and we decided to bring him on.

‘Yeah, I liked it, I liked the game a lot.

‘Defensively it was tricky for him because we set it up differently but offensively with the ball, yeah, that’s him. He wants to pass the ball.’

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