Thiago Alcantara is “so exciting to watch”, according to Michael Owen, who has heaped praise upon the “unbelievable” Liverpool star.
The Reds forked out £20 million ($27m) to bring Thiago to Anfield from Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window.
Much was expected of a three-time Champions League winner upon his arrival on Merseyside, but a positive Covid-19 test and a serious injury have restricted his contribution in the first half of the season.
The 29-year-old was sidelined with a knee issue after a 2-2 draw against Everton on October 17, and subsequently missed Liverpool’s next 17 fixtures across all competitions.
However, Jurgen Klopp was able to welcome Thiago back into his squad for a midweek trip to St James’ Park, with the midfielder making an impressive impact off the bench during Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle.
Owen was delighted to see the Spaniard return to the fold, and highlighted the qualities which set him apart from his peers after the stalemate on Tyneside.
“It’s just the way he plays. It’s so exciting to watch. He is just different to so many players,” the former Liverpool striker told Premier League Productions.
“He doesn’t need to say a word when he is on the pitch. His passes tell everything you need to know.
“When it’s coming to you, that ball is telling you there’s a man on or give it me back or run into the space.. he actually plays the ball with the type of spin, with the type of pace, it’s just unbelievable.”