Alisson explains how Thiago Alcantara’s ‘best blood’ will benefit Liverpool


Alisson says the quality of Thiago Alcantara can make a crucial difference as Liverpool try to achieve the rare feat of defending the Premier League title. Thiago could make his first start for Jurgen Klopp’s side in Monday’s Arsenal clash, having impressed in a 45-minute appearance in last weekend’s win over Chelsea.

The Spanish midfielder’s 75 completed assists broke the record for half a Premier League game, in his first appearance for the Reds since his £ 27million transfer from Bayern Munich.

He arrived at Anfield with a lot of pedigree, with two Champions League triumphs, seven Bundesliga titles and two La Liga crowns among the honors he racked up over 11 years with Bayern and Barcelona.

And Alisson expects the 29-year-old to make a huge difference in the hunt for Liverpool silverware this season.

Thiago Alcantara could make his first start for Liverpool against Arsenal on Monday

“Thiago is an important arrival for us not only because he’s new blood, but because he’s top level,” Alisson said in an interview with The Mail on Sunday.

“He is a top player who already has a great history in football, an energetic player who always has the desire to do great things and also a top person who will come here and not give us any problems but will provide solutions for us and I am really happy that we can count on him. ”

Liverpool will equal Manchester United’s all-time record with 20 top-flight titles if they successfully defend their Premier League crown this season.

But they will have their work cut out for them, with recent history showing it is notoriously difficult to be crowned England champion in consecutive seasons.

Alisson believes Jurgen Klopp’s side have the quality to win second consecutive Premier League title

When Manchester City successfully defended their title in 2019, it was the first time a team had done so since neighbors United achieved the feat 10 years earlier.

United managed to defend six of the 13 league titles won under Sir Alex Ferguson, while Chelsea also saw all the challengers win back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006.

But Alisson believes Klopp’s team has the players to make history.

“We have the best players here,” said the goalkeeper. “Quality people – really good men, full of desire to win and do great things for this club, and the desire to improve is what we need in this team because history says that few clubs win the title for the second year in a row.

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Liverpool started their title defense precariously as they beat a seven-goal thriller against Leeds.

In terms of transfers, the Reds have finished signing Thiago Alcantara and Wolves’ Diogo Jota has also arrived, in a shock deal worth a potential £ 45million.

Youngster Ki-Jana Hoever is expected to head to Wolves in a £ 10million deal, while Gini Wijnaldum continues to be linked with Barcelona. There are a lot of things to follow.

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“We have the potential and the quality to do this.

“We know that the level of the Premier League is increasing. The clubs invest a lot of money in the players, they are better organized on the pitch.

“We have to believe in ourselves and we know our quality and our goals, but it depends on what we put on the pitch and in the game.

“Last season we didn’t think about winning the title. We were 100% focused on the next game and the next challenge. This year we will do the same. “


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