Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hit out at criticism of Thiago Alcantara.
The Spaniard has been criticised since joining Liverpool, with some suggesting that he doesn’t suit the club’s style of play and slows their game down.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp said: “He came in late, which is just the nature of some transfers, then he got Covid, got injured, and still had to adapt to a new team – and a team which was not exactly flying with no problems at all.
“We’ve had to rebuild the team pretty much every three days because of changing the last line and changing a lot of things, so that’s just really unlucky for Thiago.
“But he has played some exceptional games and had some exceptional moments on the pitch, and he is so respected in the squad.
“It’s just public perception. ‘Oh, Thiago is in and we don’t perform well anymore.
“Everybody needs time to adapt. Bayern played a different style, in a different league, and were much more dominant in the Bundesliga than any team can be in the Premier League.
“So, that’s all different. But thank God, we are all smart enough to judge the situation correctly here. Thiago can play better football, yes, of course, but we all can play better football. No doubt about it.”