Liverpool tactics under Jurgen Klopp ‘flawed’ with ‘fabulous’ Thiago as former Chelsea star issues transfer plea

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been told his tactics are flawed with Thiago in their team as his side’s struggles continue.

    The Reds muddled their way to a 2-2 draw with Wolves in the FA Cup third round and once again looked below-par in the middle of the park.

    Thiago’s role in Liverpool’s midfield has been questioned

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    Thiago’s role in Liverpool’s midfield has been questioned

    Brazilian defensive midfielder Fabinho remains off-form but Spanish superstar Thiago has been branded the issue by former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino.

    The Weekends Sports Breakfast host is also a huge Liverpool fan and, while he believes the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich man is one of the best players he’s seen, doesn’t feel he suits Klopp’s style – especially when the chips are down.

    He told talkSPORT: “My biggest problem with Liverpool is that I think Klopp’s idea is flawed around Thiago.

    “He is a fabulous, talented footballer but, all the time he is in that midfield, the ball keeps going to him. And, yes, he is really comfortable on it and he can make things happen. He’s technically gifted.

    “He’s up there with the very best I’ve seen but I just think it affects Liverpool’s style completely.

    “They lose possession and teams keep coming at them and go through Liverpool like a knife through butter. I’ve seen Leeds do it to Liverpool at Anfield this year. I’ve seen Leicester do it to Liverpool. And I’ve seen, yesterday, Wolves, again.

    Cascarino doesn’t believe Thiago fits Klopp’s style

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    Cascarino doesn’t believe Thiago fits Klopp’s style

    Klopp needs to make big tactical decision – fast

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    Klopp needs to make big tactical decision – fast

    “These are without mentioning Fulham at the start of the season, Napoli in the Champions League, and Man United away.

    “Liverpool are playing a style that I believe is flawed with Thiago in there because I just think it changes the whole way LIverpool managed the midfield before.”

    Cascarino added: “Holding midfielders are really important in the modern game. You have to have a ball-winner. Kalvin Phillips did it for Leeds. Look at Kante being missing at Chelsea and what’s happened. They can’t do the same things at Chelsea.

    “Casemiro coming into Manchester United completely changes their dynamic because he wins the ball and he keeps the ball. You can go on, Rodri at Man City.

    “Holding midfielders are really important. Liverpool are missing that type of player. It’s not because Thiago is not a fabulous footballer, because he clearly is. I just think the style is flawed with him in it.”

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