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Big Thiago claim

Earlier, Graeme Souness likened Thiago Alcantara to Brazil legend Zico and expects the new Liverpool signing to “breeze” through the Premier League.

Former Liverpool skipper and manager Souness regards Zico as the best player he ever came up against during his lengthy career.

And he is convinced Thiago can have a similar impact with the Reds and has already become a first-choice player in their midfield.

“Zico was the best I played against, I don’t think I got within two yards of him in maybe eight times I played against him in the course of my career with Liverpool, Sampdoria and Scotland,” said Souness.

“He was one of those rare players that always seemed to have an extra yard of space to play in, the radar to see several moves ahead, the intelligence to be perfectly positioned when he received the ball and the perfect weight of touch to open the game out rather than taking it towards an opponent.

“I suspect that many current Premier League players may find Thiago Alacantara as difficult to deal with.

“I reckon Thiago should find British football a breeze because he’s that good, too. Whenever you buy a player as a manager, you’re always trying to eliminate risk. Thiago ticks all the boxes – tremendous work rate, vastly experienced, he’s a creator but doesn’t shy away from the hard yards either.

With Thiago now reportedly a doubt for the Arsenal clash Monday, it could be a big blow for the Reds if he misses out judging by Souness’ comments.

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