Kuyt : Thiago is the best midfielder in the world and liverpool can win it all
Liverpool legend, Dirk Kuyt has hailed midfield sensation, Thiago Alcantara as the current best midfielder in the world and also claimed liverpool has what it takes to win the quadruple.
Thiago moved to liverpool in 2020 from Bayern Munich in a £20million deal but couldn’t live up to expectations in his first season due to injuries and covid related issues.
This season has been different as the midfielder has hit the ground running. Dictating play in the middle of the park like he’s always done.
His consistent performances have helped pushed Liverpool to a quadruple dreams, having won the EFL, made it to the finals of the FA Cup, semi final of the UCL and just one points behind league leaders, Manchester City.
The Merseyside club have won 14 of 15 top-flight games when Thiago has started this season, in comparison to 10 victories in 18 games without him in the line-up. They also score 2.9 goals on average when he is in the starting XI, as opposed to 2.3 without, and have conceded less (0.3 versus 1).
Thiago has kept Liverpool ticking with his magnificent range of passing, with no Reds player who has featured more than once in the league completing more passes (77.9) per 90 minutes or more in the opponents’ half (46.9).
Now, former liverpool legend has sang the midfielders praises and compared him to Xabi Alonso.
“I think they are slightly different and I’m very happy for Thiago because in the beginning, he needed a bit of time, which is normal in life and in football is to just adapt to the system and to the team and to his new players,” Kuyt told Stats Perform.
“But he’s playing such a great football and before he came he was one of the best midfielders in the world for me but now how he’s playing on the level he’s playing against top, top sides and performing week in week out.
“For me, he’s the best midfielder out there at the minute.”
Kuyt went further to say he believes his former side can win it all as they have all the necessary tools.
“They’ve got the squad to do it. They’ve got the players and the manager to do it,” he added.
“But it’s just small details will decide whether they win the quadruple or maybe only the Premier League or the Champions League, but it will be amazing and very well deserved if Liverpool can achieve it all.”