Richard Keys and Andy Gray disagree over Thiago Alcantara’s role for Liverpool

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Thiago Alcantara is playing for the wrong team, and isn’t suited to Liverpool’s style of play, claims Richard Keys.

Spanish midfielder Thiago was Liverpool’s marquee signing last summer, joining from Champions League holders Bayern Munich for £20million.

But his time at Anfield hasn’t gone too well so far. He suffered a knee injury in just his first start for the Reds away at Goodison Park, and missed the rest of the calendar year.

Since returning to the fold he’s looked impressive, but Liverpool have struggled with an injury crisis and have managed just two wins in eight Premier League games with Thiago in the side.

He was criticised by Liverpool hero Dietmar Hamann, who claimed he is making the side worse, a claim Keys agrees with.

The beIN Sport pundit believes Thiago belongs in a different team, and would be better off playing for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Guardiola famously demanded Thiago’s signature after becoming Bayern Munich boss, and got the best out of the Spaniard.

The midfielder is comfortable on the ball in a tiki-taka style of play, and is known for moving the ball around the pitch freely in a slow build-up play.

And Keys seems to believe he’d be better off at City, as he said: “Two, maybe three weeks ago, I said that Thiago is the wrong type for Liverpool.

"He slows things down. That’s not what Liverpool are. He’s a Guardiola-type player. I was pleased to see Didi Hamann agree with me. Thiago is obviously class, but he’s in the wrong team.”

That wasn’t the first time he had made that claim, having previously said: “[Thiago is a] Wonderful player, not for Liverpool. Ever since he's arrived, Liverpool's whole approach to the game changed.

"He changes the energy and the intensity of the team. He's different to what Henderson is and to what they have."

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  • But Andy Gray, his co-host for beIN Sport, disagreed with his comments and claimed things will be different when their best centre-backs return from injury.

    He said: “He's never played in a Liverpool side that is at its best and has got all its players in it.

    “He's played at the top level for years, at the highest level."

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    • Champions League
    • Premier League
    • Pep Guardiola

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