Liverpool centre-back Nat Phillips has been sharing his admiration for fellow Reds teammate Thiago Alcantara.
This comes after Phillips made a guest appearance on a recent episode of the Liverpool Echo’s Blood Red Podcast where he spoke about a range of topics concerning the club and his time in the Anfield first team.
On the subject of Thiago, Phillips had this to say about the midfield man.
He said: “He’s unbelievable, his technical ability and his knowledge of the game. His head’s always on a pivot, like he always knows exactly what’s around him, to the centimetre. I love how he gets stuck in as well to challenges, I like that part of his game.
“I think at the start of the season, a few people were doubting him or weren’t sure. We were training with him day in, day out and we all knew from seeing him in training, and obviously what he’s achieved in the game prior, but we knew that no one needed to worry about anything and sort of like you haven’t seen anything yet, because there were some moments he’d produce in games a bit later on that he produced in training, and those moments you’re like, wow, this guy’s a serious player.
“Just to share the pitch with him is something that I can look back on and be proud of because he’s an unbelievable footballer.”
Liverpool signed Thiago during the previous summer transfer window from German club Bayern Munich for a fee of £20 million.
TIF Thoughts on Nat Phillips’ comments on Thiago…
During his debut season at Anfield, the 30-year-old, who is currently valued at £27 million, made 30 appearances across all competitions, scoring his only goal during their 2-0 win over Southampton in May (per Transfermarkt).
Were you impressed with Thiago's first season at Liverpool?
Despite not making too much of an impact in terms of scoring or assisting goals for Liverpool this season, it’s clear from what Phillips had to say about Thiago that he still left a big impression on him and the team since his arrival at Anfield.
Also, with the Spaniard managing to ultimately earn himself an overall season rating of 7.12/10, making him Liverpool’s third-highest-rated player for the season according to WhoScored, this backs up again how well he’s done this season and how well he’s managed to settle into Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Moving forward, if Thiago can add some regular goals and assists to his game next season while keeping up the level of quality in his performances as he did this season, he would undoubtedly be viewed as one of the best midfield players in the Premier League, in our view.