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Jurgen Klopp making major Thiago Alcantara switch has reignited Liverpool career

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As Liverpool continued their flawless Champions League group stage campaign with another impressive win against Porto, it was Thiago Alcantara who stole the show.

With qualification into the knockout phase already secured, Jurgen Klopp had the liberty of making a number of changes to his starting lineup, resting key players ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash against Southampton.

Predominantly throughout his career, Thiago has tended to operate as a deep-lying playmaker who’d get on the ball and look to control a match through his passing.

READ MORE: Liverpool analysis - Tyler Morton highlight speaks volumes but Ibrahima Konate must wait At Liverpool though, Fabinho is crucial, and he’s amongst Europe’s best when playing just ahead of the defence, sweeping up any danger.

This means Thiago has tended to play a little higher, more often as a number eight.

The 30-year-old is just starting to click into gear again after overcoming the calf injury that saw him sidelined for nine matches, and his current role within the Liverpool side means he’s having a more influential impact on things in the final third.

READ MORE: Thiago Alcantara signing triggered £10m transfer loss Liverpool do not regret Later in the match though he got his just reward for an excellent display, sweetly caressing home an exquisite goal that only he and a handful of others across world football would be capable of producing.
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