Liverpool analysis – Thiago shows new squad as Adama Traore transfer issue emerges – .

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Liverpool analysis – Thiago shows new squad as Adama Traore transfer issue emerges – .


Thiago shows another side
Even by winning badly, Thiago Alcantara remains pleasant to watch.

The Spaniard has become a key player in the Liverpool engine room, dictating the game with his range of passing and ability to put his foot on the ball when needed.

But while it helped lure Wolves defenders to places they didn’t want to be, a sometimes bloody encounter presented another side of Thiago’s game.

When the going got tough, he wasn’t averse to taking on tough opponents usually taller and taller in stature.

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Thiago is just not intimidated, any suggestion that he could not cope with the turmoil of English football for a long time has been banned.

And only a combination of Romain Saiss and goalkeeper José Sa prevented the Spaniard from scoring the goal his performance deserved.

Thiago’s tenacity helped Liverpool win the required showdown in the first quarter before his quality of possession began to hurt Wolves.

Beside him in the engine room, Jordan Henderson was a little jaded after his exploits in the derby while Fabinho also got tired afterwards.

Thiago, however, will only benefit from his second full 90 minutes of the season. Some 15 months after starting his career at Liverpool, he now has his say in a challenge for the title.

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Jurgen Klopp has never hidden his admiration for Adama Traoré.

His Liverpool players, however, weren’t so fond of the powerful Wolves striker here.

Small wonder. During the second half in particular, Traoré, all in pace and strength, proved almost impossible for the Reds to stop without resorting to infective means.

Fabinho has been rightly warned. Robertson quickly followed his teammate into the book. And how Thiago didn’t see yellow by referee Chris Kavanagh will always baffle the barking loyalists of Molineux.

Traore even had the temerity to knock Virgil van Dijk off the ball, the Dutchman bailed out with a good cover play from Trent Alexander-Arnold as Hwang Hee-Chan rushed into the area.

This passage of the game highlighted two problems.

First, for all his threat, Traore lacks a consistent final product, a three-goal comeback and three assists since the start of last season, which may be why Liverpool, at least for now, never really pursued his signing.

And it wasn’t surprising to see that it was Alexander-Arnold who mopped up another quietly impressive performance from the right-back.

His attacking qualities were once again on display – no player has produced more assists – but what really encouraged him was his defensive resilience on the rare occasions the Wolves scented an opportunity.

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Jota not the slotter this time

Diogo Jota was in danger of having a very unhappy birthday.

The Liverpool forward turned 25 as he made his second visit to Molineux in a bullish mood following the formidable strike to crown the Reds Goodison derby in midweek.

The last time the Reds visited those areas in March, Jota scored the only goal.

This, however, was in an empty stadium. And now back inside the ground, Wolves fans haven’t lost a chance to laugh at their former player, especially when, after sending a header wide from a good position, he managed to hit Conor Coady. on the goal line rather than the back of the net with the goalkeeper Sa is not in the photo.

Certainly Jota’s reaction to the Divock Origi match winner would have been a mixture of relief, gratitude and pleasure.

While the manner of that victory has drawn comparisons to the Last Breath triumph at Aston Villa in the 2019/20 titles season, it is a different season, a different title challenge.

But it underscored that the monsters of Klopp’s mentality are back – as Manchester City and Chelsea surely will have noted. The battle is on.

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