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Klopp is impressed with Thiago’s injury return

Thu 31 December 2020 | 7:23

Thiago Alcantara came off the bench at 73rd minute to make his first appearance after a two-month absence following a knee injury he caught against Everton on October 17.



settled on a 0-0 draw as they couldn’t find the net,


showed his play-making abilities with several impressive long balls around the pitch he sprayed.


praised the 29-year-old during his post-match interview with BBC Sport.

"We could see a lot of moments how good a footballer he is," Klopp said of Thiago. "Now we have to see how he reacts and all that stuff. We have another game in four days. James Milner played a super game in midfield after an injury break. Nat Phillips did his job, really strong against 100 per cent strikers."

Despite their second draw in-a-row,


was happy with his side’s performance at Saint James Park as the heroics of



Karl Darlow

, rejected their several goal-scoring chances.

"The Premier League is only good teams. We had big chances,"

Klopp added

. "The opposition is good and that happens all the time. You might not think I have to tip my hat to my team but I like the performance. It was really good.

"Can we play better football? Yes, but in this game we did more than enough to win it.

"I think we had four 100% chances. We have won against Newcastle before with fewer chances. Tonight we didn't but we accept that. I am happy with the things I saw tonight and I can really work with that. The boys are frustrated and rightly so but not about the performance. It is a basis to build on for the next few days, weeks, months."

Although the Reds remain the Premier League leaders after the draw,

Manchester United

can level with them if they beat

Aston Villa

on Friday. However, the German manager says he’s not too concerned with the league’s table at the moment.

"The last thing I’m thinking about is our position in the table at the moment,"


told Amazon Prime. "It’s nice but it doesn’t mean anything.

"We drew tonight and we are still top of the table so that just shows how difficult the season is for everybody.

"When life gives you lemons make lemonade. We have to keep going, next game, Southampton, Aston Villa, Man United and that’s good we know about our responsibility. We didn’t get the result we wanted but it’s not the worst thing in the world, there are worse things happening."

source: SportMob