Thiago cannot be solely blamed for his underwhelming debut season at Liverpool as other players are letting the team down.
That’s according to former Arsenal and Everton forward Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Thiago’s first season in England.
Thiago, 30, joined Liverpool after leaving Bayern Munich in the summer and he recently spoke about how he has taken to life at his new club.
Thiago is recently quoted by Liverpool Echo as saying, “It’s fantastic to play under him [Klopp]. You learn a lot and you have to get used to a different way of playing, something I like very much.”
Thiago is yet to pick up a goal or an assist in 18 Premier League outings but Campbell insists this is down to the poor performances of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
“I think Thiago’s been alright if I’m honest,” Campbell told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“Liverpool’s problems have been that decimated defence and the fact that the front three have not hit the heights they hit in the last two seasons.
“Thiago is a good player, he probes, he picks up the ball, he’s something a bit different to the other Liverpool midfielders.
“Whether he plays or not, if the front boys aren’t banging the goals in, you’re going to struggle.
“He’s a victim of the team not being as fluent and clinical as they have been in the last two seasons.”
Thiago’s first few weeks at Liverpool were disrupted by injury as he missed 10 league games between October and December with a knee issue.
He returned to the starting XI for Monday’s 1-1 draw at Leeds United as Fabinho dropped back to defence due to Nathaniel Phillips’ injury.