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‘Alarm bells are screaming’ over Thiago

Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool in action against Chelsea

Not everyone was impressed by Thiago Alcantara’s Liverpool debut and one former Premier League player hit out at the challenge the Spain international made when giving away a penalty against Chelsea.

This is Futbol quote Kenny Cunningham as telling the OTB Football podcast:

“I think he will get game time, don’t get me wrong, to a certain extent in Champions League, cup games and certain league games.

“You saw a snapshot of it, they had a man spare in that game yesterday and he was asked a couple of questions defensively and he just hadn’t got the answers.

“That challenge he made for the penalty, you can’t just close your eyes to that.

“That kind of decision-making, really, the alarm bells are screaming there. If I’m the manager or a player and I’m seeing that, I’m thinking ‘wow’.

“When the big games come along, when it really kind of matters, when we need somebody there who we can trust, be disciplined, see danger, sense danger, make good decisions, when to stay at your feet, when to go to ground and actually how to tackle.

“I don’t think technically, he actually understands how to tackle.”

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