Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool transformation hailed after Thiago masterclass

Jurgen Klopp's incredible Liverpool team can only get better now they have Thiago Alcantara, who showed how good he will be with his 45 minute cameo against Chelsea last weekend.

That is the opinion of former Kop striker Neil Mellor.

Spain midfielder Thiago joined the Reds for £27m earlier this summer, hot off a Champions League triumph with Bayern Munich.

Klopp opted not to start him at Stamford Bridge last Sunday, but gave him the second half to help turn things around against the Blues – which he did!

Thiago put in a record-breaking performance in place of skipper Jordan Henderson.

And ahead of his likely full debut against Arsenal on Monday, ex-Reds forward Mellor insists that Thiago will provide something different for Liverpool in midfield.

Speaking to GentingBet , Mellor said: “Thiago is a super signing. It had been spoken about for a while and you wondered whether it would get over the line but where you have to give him and the manager credit is how he settled in so quickly.

“The manager made the decision that he should come on at half time and he had a big impact on the game. He was always available, he made the record for the most passes in Premier League football in one half – he was always available, whether on the right, left or in the middle of the park, he was always available for the pass.

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Liverpool got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds.

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

Youngster Ki-Jana Hoever is set to head to Wolves in a £10million deal, while Gini Wijnaldum continues to be linked with Barcelona. There's a lot to keep track of.

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“He gives Liverpool something different to what they have had in midfield previously. Whenever he got the ball, it was one or two touch, everything was done very quickly. He did really well, especially considering that was his first bit of football since the Champions League Final.

Mellor also thinks that signing Thiago is a testament to how far Klopp’s side have come over the past five years.

“In terms of pushing Liverpool on to the next level, I’m not quite sure what the next level for Liverpool would be!” he added.

“However, he is a world-class player who is around other world-class players. So, they will all thrive off each other. It adds competition for places in midfield and it allows Liverpool to freshen things up with the amount of games they will be playing.

“Liverpool are one of the best teams in Europe but before Klopp came, Liverpool wouldn’t have been able to bring in players of this quality and that’s credit to the football that is being played but also the standard that Liverpool now have that a player like Thiago wants to come and play for Liverpool and I’m sure he will add quality over the season.”

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