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'What a joy' - Liverpool legend makes Steven Gerrard claim about Thiago Alcantara

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Liverpool legend Ian Rush has likened Thiago Alcantara to Steven Gerrard following his performance against Porto.

LONG READ: Raheem Sterling 'should be at Liverpool' and his exit had 'sly' culprit to blame “Champions League football seems to bring out the best in Thiago Alcantara and what a joy it was to see that strike fly in on Wednesday night, it reminded me of Steven Gerrard and I think even he would have been proud of that one,” he told .

“If he can get a run of five to 10 games on the spin and can maintain the form he’s shown in these past two games, that would be a massive boost for Liverpool over the crucial Christmas period.” Rush, the Reds’ all-time top goalscorer, added that Thiago 'finally seems to be enjoying his football for Liverpool' and dismissed recent rumours suggesting the 30-year-old could re-join Barcelona.

“Thiago comes alive in this competition but we’ve now seen two really impressive performances back-to-back from him in the Premier League and Champions League so Liverpool fans will hope that he can kick on from here, stay fit and get some consistency going.

The Spain international started back-to-back games for the first time this season, having returned to ’s starting line-up for last weekend’s 4-0 win over Arsenal.

produced a stunning goal against the Portuguese side, capping off his impressive performance at Anfield on Wednesday.

“There’s a few young players in and around the first team squad but they’re all there for a reason – it’s because Klopp feels they’re good enough to contribute and competition for places is important for any team to thrive.”
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