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Liverpool great Barnes: Thiago style doesn't suit this team

Liverpool legend John Barnes believes Thiago Alcantara is behind the club's recent lack of scoring form.

The Reds have gone scoreless in their last three Premier League outings.

Speaking after Sunday's goalless draw with Manchester United, Barnes claimed Thiago's slow play is not helping Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

"Thiago, who was running the game and was the best player in the first half [against United], I don't think that necessarily helped the front three," Barnes told talkSPORT.

"With [Jordan] Henderson and Fabinho in midfield, they just get the ball forward and are much more direct for the three strong-running strikers to get on the ball and go on attack, Thiago slows the game down.

"When he slowed the game down in tight areas, that is not Mane's game, that is not Salah's game.

"So we're getting used to a new system, but at the moment it's not working."

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