It hasn’t been the smoothest first season at Anfield for Thiago Alcântara.
The midfielder has shown his obvious quality at times, but on the whole it’s been unclear how he’s supposed to fit into this side. Yesterday was a positive step, though, and his good performance was capped with a goal. But he’s in no doubt that this season isn’t good enough.
“I always try to bring out the reality – we are for sure not happy with the situation right now, but for the mood [and] for the confidence for the next game, we are very happy with the win”, Thiago told Sky Sports, as reported by the official Liverpool site.
“It’s always a great moment when you score and also help the team, but as I said, we have to keep fighting until the end. We have this small chance [to qualify for the Champions League].
“We try to be as objective as possible. There is a very small chance, but I think we had chances in the past. The door sometimes closed for us but the window is open, so we try to get through the window!
“It’s an amazing feeling [to score] but the most important thing is the three points and that we keep fighting for this small miracle that we can have.”
Speaking specifically of his goal, Thiago explained that “I know that I am not a specialist, I am not a goalscorer, but I am trying to always be near the area, to make the last pass, to try to score and shoot. Yes, for sure it is very special because it is my first goal – but I hope it is not the last!
“For sure, I think for all of us [it has been a tough season]. But as I said from the first day, we have the privilege to play this amazing sport and to keep playing in this kind of stadium, against amazing teams as well.
“So we have to be glad with our personal situations and try to bring joy to the fans and to the people.”
Four games left. Win them all and I’d bet Liverpool will be just fine.