Ferdinand then chimed in to profess: “I love him. I think he’s a great player. He might not necessarily play that final pass, the pre-assist. He’s the one that plays that ball to get somebody in.
“They [Bayern Munich] played that pressing game. One of the best pressing teams in Europe last season. Undoubtedly. And he was a part of that, done it superbly.
“Like Mo [Owen] just said there he’s come into a team dismantled by injuries.
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“I think he’s a player who can play various roles in that midfield. He did it at Bayern easily. You can do that in a team that’s full of confidence, when your main players are playing week-in, week-out. He has not been afforded that.”
Speaking two weeks ago, Klopp admitted it has not be the ideal bedding-in period for Thiago at Anfield in response to claims from Gary Neville that Liverpool have “lost their punch” with the player in midfield.
“The situation is far from perfect, injured, ill, but not too important any more,” the German coach said. “We and he had to learn how to play without changing everything.
“He was 6 at Bayern but we decided to adapt his position a bit. Worked out well. Stability, we can use his skills.”