Liverpool boss Klopp says Thiago made ‘perfect start’ to Reds career in Premier League win at Chelsea
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp hailed the impact of new signing Thiago Alcantara, a player he said made the “perfect start” to his Reds career in their win over Chelsea on Sunday.
The Spanish international was named on the bench for the game at Stamford Bridge, just two days after joining from Bayern Munich in a deal which could cost the Reds up to £27 million ($35m).
Klopp decided to introduce the midfielder at half-time as the Reds looked to take advantage of a red card from Andreas Christensen just before the break.
The visitors did just that as a pair of Sadio Mane goals – the second aided by another error from Kepa Arrizabalaga – gave the defending champions a 2-0 win on the afternoon.
Thiago made a major impact in his debut, as he completed more passes (75) than any Chelsea player managed in the entire match.