Thiago has Liverpool dancing to different beat

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Thiago Alcantara Liverpool

Liverpool’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara controls the ball as he attends a team training session at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, north west England, on April 26, 2022, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match against Villareal. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP)

Liverpool’s fast and furious football under Jurgen Klopp had already delivered a Champions League and Premier League title by the time Thiago Alcantara arrived at Anfield to much fanfare two years ago.

Few players in the history of the game can match the Spaniard’s medal haul that includes 11 league titles and Champions League glory with both Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

However, Thiago was not an obvious fit for Klopp’s energy-sapping demands of his midfielders.

Initial skepticism was borne out during a difficult first year in England for the 31-year-old. Thiago was just…

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