Thiago Alcantara is "more suited to Manchester United", remarks Paul Scholes, who believes the Liverpool midfielder is not a "Jurgen Klopp-type player".
The 29-year-old has been trying to show his strength since his arrival at Anfield for £20 million ($28m) from Bayern Munich in the summer.
The former United legend, Scholes spoke of Thiago's best position:
"The way Liverpool play with the three in midfield, I don’t think he has great legs about him, so that central role would suit him down to the ground.
"Once you are in a wider position in the three, it’s very difficult to get around the pitch because he’s not that type of player.
"He just needs to be sat in the middle. Controlling things, bringing players into play and that’s what he’s good at – I just wonder if this way of playing that Liverpool play is suited to his style of football.
"He doesn’t seem a Jurgen Klopp type player, does he? You think of the midfield players he has got and the forward players. Everything is 100 miles per hour.
"I thought he would have been more suited to a Manchester United team. In a two in midfield with a holding player, really good strong defensive player, where he can sit and control games.
"Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, I don’t see them controlling games. I see them going for the throat in teams. He hasn’t got that energy to really overpower midfield players."
spent time settling into his new surroundings among injury problems but has been a regular player in Klopp's starting XI since the turn of the year. He has played in 16 matches for Liverpool through all competitions but has not scored a goal or provided an assist.
Thiago stroke a four-year deal with the Reds in September, so he still has time to find his form at Anfield.
obviously trusts in the ex-Bayern ace's skills and his experience.