Xabi Alonso backs Thiago Alcantara to shine at Liverpool

Xabi Alonso has backed Thiago Alcantara to impress at Liverpool once he has recovered from a knee injury.

Since leaving Bayern Munich for Anfield earlier this summer, Thiago has only been able to make two appearances in all competitions.

While it remains unclear when the Spaniard will make his return to action, compatriot Alonso feels that the Merseyside giants will see the best of the 29-year-old later in the campaign.

Speaking to the official UEFA website, the Liverpool legend said: “I have loved watching Thiago Alcantara, the way he has been able to connect with the attacking players, helping to defend with his special qualities.

“He’s a great friend, but above that, he’s become one of the best midfielders, and he’s a fabulous, intelligent, interesting, fun guy to be around in a training session and a dressing room.

“He loves football; he shows that with his personality and with the way he plays. He’s able to connect with his teammates very easily. He’s done it fantastically at Bayern, and I feel that he’s going to do it in the same way at Liverpool, and I love it.”

Thiago has not featured for Liverpool since the derby with Everton on October 17.