Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp hailed the debut of new signing Thiago Alcantara after the Spaniard was given his first minutes against Chelsea on Sunday. The new midfielder entered the pitch in the second half and helped Liverpool secure a 2-0 win. After the game Klopp told reporters he was very excited by the debut of Thiago, who showed exactly why Liverpool have signed him from Bayern Munich this summer.
“We decided to bring Thiago on early because it was 11v10 and a player like him can command the rhythm. It was the perfect start for him and the boys helped him massively,” Klopp told BBC Sport. “He played with Spain and trained with Munich so he’s fit, that’s not a problem. He needs to get used to his team-mates, but when they went one man down it became the perfect game for him.”
Overall Klopp was happy with the performance of his team. “Super game. Really good game from both teams. I like our game a lot. Chelsea are a top side. Our own football I liked in the first half, really good situations, passed through the line but we didn’t score. After the red card, the second half is a different game. We kept the ball rolling, let them run, scored the goals, conceded a penalty, Ali saved it, so all good. Everybody had a hand in the result.”