Thiago’s foul stats emerge as Neville and Carragher make Scholes comparison

Thiago was booked inside five minutes as Liverpool took on Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday while adding to his undesirable record of fouls in the Premier League.

The Spaniard has had a tricky start to life in England after turning down a new deal at Bayern Munich, winning three of his first 10 appearances.

In addition, the 29-year-old has made a total of 25 fouls, picking up four yellow cards in the process as he struggles to find a rhythm at his new club.

Since Thiago returned to the starting line-up on January 4, he has made five more fouls than any other player in the league – and is joint top for cards received in the same time.

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville discussed his latest booking on Sky Sports following his lunge on Ilkay Gundogan, which left the Germany international in a heap on the ground.

Carragher said: "There's been a lot of chat around Thiago. What he brings.

“What he doesn't bring to this midfield. It's different. What he does bring is plenty of fouls. He's aggressive. Doesn't normally get it right. Paul Scholes like?"

With Neville saying in response: ”Yeah he's turned his ankle there. The thing is with Thiago he's such a silky football player he almost gets away with that little naught aspect of his game.

“You mention Paul Scholes, there is a little bit of that in him because he makes a lot of fouls in the game. He's tenacious."

Carragher then added: "He does win that type of tackle at times but he's almost what we call, coming from the wrong side. Wrapping his leg around."

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  • Klopp said of Thiago earlier in the week: “The situation is far from perfect, injured, ill, but not too important any more.

    “We and he had to learn how to play without changing everything.

    “He was 6 at Bayern but we decided to adapt his position a bit. Worked out well. Stability, we can use his skills.”

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