‘Thiago isn’t guaranteed a Liverpool spot even when fit’ – John Barnes (Liverpool legend) says playmaker must earn his place.
The Reds legend, Barnes is looking forward to seeing a creative influence return to fitness, but claims Liverpool’s summer signings are merely added “options” at present.
Thiago Alcantara was not “one of the first names in the midfield three even before he was injured”, says John Barnes, with the Spanish playmaker told he is going to have to earn a regular role at Liverpool.
Former Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara made his way to glory in a treble-winning triumph in 2019-20 with the Bundesliga Champions.
The 29-year-old Thiago is among those to have contracted Covid-19 which has kept him sidelined for over a month since October.
Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to welcoming another proven performer back into his plans, but Barnes says there is no guarantee that Thiago will walk into Liverpool’s starting XI.
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Here are the words of the Reds legend John Barnes;
“When you are playing regularly that is when you can cement your position within the team, but, due to injuries, Thiago hasn’t been able to do that and played only a handful of games.
“He will be in contention to play, depending on the game. If Liverpool are facing opposition who defend in numbers and defend deep, then Thiago is the man who can create something from nothing.
“He is not necessarily one of the first names in the midfield three even before he was injured.
“It is the same with Diogo Jota, both players are giving Liverpool options and have the same quality as the other players but are not certainties to start each week.
“Jota has scored so many goals since he joined, and he doesn’t start all the time. It is not a question of playing well it is all about the balance of the team, who compliments who.”
Liverpool, who have a number of injury concerns to contend with at present, will return to Premier League action on Sunday against host Fulham who sits 17th in the Premier league table.
Thiago is not expected to feature against Fulham, but he is edging his way back to full fitness.