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​Liverpool manager Klopp on Thiago: We had a pretty good midfield before!

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will not overstate the impact of new signing Thiago Alcantara.

Many fans believe Thiago adds another dimension to the team's options in central midfield.

While Klopp is certainly a fan of the player, or he would not have signed him, the manager went to great lengths to defend the team's other midfielders.

When asked about Thiago and the rest of the midfield, he told the club website: "I have to tell all you that we had a pretty good midfield before?

"I thought that was clear, to be honest. Look, I get it like it is. This time of the year, even in a COVID year, is for some people obviously the most exciting part of the year. That you say a new player is coming in, everybody's talking about new signings, who's coming and improving and all these kind of things.

"And then, all of a sudden we announce Thiago Alcantara and that's completely normal that people go crazy or mad and draw all the different pictures and stuff like this and how we could look now. In the end, football is not like this. You cannot just put in a player and say, 'So now we are 20 per cent better.' It's just not the case. I said it before, it's difficult to improve this team. It's difficult but it's possible, that's what we try. We try it on the training pitch and we try it, of course, with signings.

"It's all clear that Thiago has some skills, has some natural skills which made him the special player he is through all his career. That's of course the technique, that's of course the vision, that's of course the passing, that's of course he can demand rhythm and all these kind of things. That's something where he's really special. But now we need to train, work and need to get used to each other, that's how it is."

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