Liverpool Update: Thiago myth, Tsimikas aim, Fabinho urges Mbappe

Liverpool sweep Chelsea aside as Thiago sets passing record in 2-0 win

Thiago Alcantara criticism

Liverpool picked up an impressive 3-1 win over Tottenham last night and the Reds proved that the criticism levelled towards Thiago Alcantara is baseless.

It was stated in the recent weeks that the Spanish international is slowing down Liverpool’s play with his possession based style.

However, he was instrumental to Liverpool’s win at Tottenham. Thiago played further up the pitch and he dominated proceedings with his impressive passing and link-up play.

The Spaniard managed to get the best out of Roberto Firmino and Liverpool looked back to their best with the former Barcelona midfielder pulling the strings from the centre of the park.

Rio Ferdinand said after the game: “You see him with the ball, he’s just so easy on the eye.

“The game looks so easy for him, it comes too easy to him. He manipulates the ball as well as anybody on the planet, his range of passing is superb.

“But what he does, he brings something different in terms of creativity and the ability to conduct a game, but then you lose something maybe in the physical aspect.

“Liverpool’s foundations of being strong and winning in the last few years has been because of the engine room in midfield – with Henderson, Wijnaldum and Fabinho – their traits are about hard work and giving it to the strikers to be the creative force.

“He’s that little dimension that’s a bit different that Klopp is trying to introduce to this team.”

Tsimikas looking to get over his injury issues

Meanwhile, summer signing Kostas Tsimikas is determined to prove himself at Anfield.

The Greek defender was signed as an alternative to Andrew Robertson but he has failed to establish himself as a first-team player for Jurgen Klopp so far.

He is yet to start a game in the Premier League for the Reds and his time at Merseyside has been plagued with injuries so far.

It will be interesting to see if he can prove his quality at Liverpool and push Robertson for a first-team berth in the coming months.

“Every beginning is difficult but for me this one was very, very difficult and frustrating because I had never had injuries before in my previous team,” Tsimikas said to Sky Sports.

“I was unlucky, this happens in football, but okay, I am always looking forward. I am a positive guy and I keep going. I fell down two times but I’m here again, 100 per cent fit and ready to help my team.”

He added: “The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world. I haven’t had the chance to play yet because I was injured but there are very good players here and that’s why I was interested in coming.

“I am waiting for my chance. I just want to be as fit as I can be every day and give everything in training when I am on the pitch – and hopefully not get injured again.”

Fabinho urges Mbappe to join the Reds

Meanwhile, Liverpool have been linked with a move for Kylian Mbappe in the recent weeks and Fabinho could play a key role in the transfer.

The Brazilian defensive midfielder played with the French international during their time together at Monaco and he has urged the World Cup winner to join him at Anfield at the end of the season.