Liverpool fans were understandably buzzing when Thiago Alcantara arrived from Bayern Munich in September.
The Spain international, 29, had just won the Champions League with Bayern but opted for a move to Anfield in order to join Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions.
It felt like a major coup for the Reds. The dictionary definition of a classy midfielder, Thiago was one of last season’s standout performers in Europe’s top five leagues.
He made his debut in a 2-0 win away at Chelsea in September, entering the fray as a second-half substitute and earning widespread praise for immediately dictating the tempo of the game.
He then featured in October’s 2-2 draw against Everton before a knee injury kept him out of action until late December.
Since returning to the fold, however, Liverpool’s results in all competitions have been unexpectedly poor.
As well as losing to Southampton, Burnley and now Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League, the Merseyside outfit were also beaten 3-2 away at Manchester United in the FA Cup last month.
Five months after joining the Reds and Thiago is yet to experience a single victory at Anfield – a quite remarkable statistic.
Liverpool went 68 league games unbeaten at Anfield prior to last month’s 1-0 defeat to Burnley and have now lost back-to-back matches on home turf following Wednesday night’s 1-0 loss to Brighton.
Steven Alzate scored the only goal of the game in the second half to leave fourth-placed Liverpool seven points behind league-leaders Manchester City.
Thiago trends on Twitter as rival fans mock him
Thiago, who played the full 90 minutes against Graham Potter’s side, was one of the top trends on Twitter after the match.
Why? Well, rival fans didn’t miss the opportunity to mock the Spaniard following yet another Liverpool defeat.
Let’s check out some of the tweets…
Liverpool when they lose to Brighton and Burnley at home but Thiago controlled the tempopic.twitter.com/TjCbRz0uch— Samu™🔰 (@UTDSamu) February 4, 2021