The proven star was lured to Anfield following a £20 million deal from Bayern, and although he missed a couple of months due to injuries, the Reds’ boss is not concerned about his situation.
The Spaniard started his career at
in style as he provided eye-catching performances against
, but his appearances for the Reds have been restricted to three due to a Covid-19 diagnosis and a lengthy knee injury.
says there’s a lot more to come from the 29-year-old midfielder. The German coach told in his pre-match conference ahead of Monday Premier League clash at
“Unfortunately, I don’t know him that long. A few months only.
“That he could play 20 [minutes against Newcastle ] is pretty special, I would say, because [he had] only two sessions with the team - one of the sessions he was the joker, so I’m not sure you can count that really - but this game [at Newcastle] gave us the opportunity to do it because it was mainly about creating and that’s obviously his best skill.
“So we will see. There’s a chance. He played 20 [minutes] so there’s a chance, but I don’t even know how he reacts, we will see if he can get out of bed or not! Or if he has kind of muscle soreness or something like that. He enjoyed the few minutes obviously and then we will talk new.
“How I said, I like speaking about Thiago, it’s absolutely no problem, but honestly the boys who did the job so far did exceptionally well, I have to say. It’s not that we could not survive if he cannot start the next game, but it’s very good that he is now fit and is obviously in contention. I like that a lot.”
A victory at
3-point lead at the top of the table.