Jurgen Klopp urged to start Liverpool star who will play “killer pass” vs Man Utd
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Anfield icon John Aldridge has called on Jurgen Klopp to unleash Thiago Alcantara as Liverpool take on Manchester United on Sunday.
The Reds have not been their usual free-flowing selves in recent Premier League outings and have scored just once in their last three games.
A 1-0 defeat at Southampton and lacklustre draws with West Brom and Newcastle mean Klopp's men have lost the initiative in the title race to bitter rivals United.
The Red Devils will go top of the league if they avoid defeat at Burnley on Tuesday night, piling pressure on Liverpool to address their recent poor form.
Klopp has been urged to unleash Thiago against United
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Aldridge insists Thiago holds the key to getting Liverpool firing once more, with the Spanish maestro now fully fit following an extended spell sidelined with a knee injury.
The former Reds striker told the Liverpool Echo : “The final ball has not been up to our standard in the last few games and that’s what has been letting us down a little bit after we’ve got in behind the defence and are looking to pick someone out.
The Spaniard's half-time introduction saw Liverpool turn on the style against Villa
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“I must underline, though, it’s really hard when a team has 10 men behind the ball to do that but you’ve got to see where the ball needs to go and there are ways like putting the ball into areas at the back post.
“Of course, team selection is up to the manager but when you’re thinking about the final ball and picking people out in the 18-yard box – Andy Robertson and Alexander-Arnold have been magnificent for the last few years.
“And from midfield, there is no better player to see that pass than Thiago. That’s his forte.
“Whoever the manager plays in there – we don’t know as he’s got a lot of options – but at the moment he is the one that’ll see that killer pass more than anyone.”
Thiago came off the bench to transform the match as he made his fifth Liverpool appearance in the 4-1 victory over a youthful Aston Villa in the FA Cup last Friday.
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