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Nat Phillips on Thiago: “He’s Unbelievable”

The defender recalls Thiago’s first training sessions with the team.

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Despite injuries that led to him missing big parts of the season, Thiago Alcantara still impressed in his first season with Liverpool. His seasoned performances in midfield helped pull the Reds up the table in the last third of the season.

But according to his teammates, his class has been evident since his first days of training with the team.

Nat Phillips said, “He’s unbelievable. His technical ability and knowledge of the game. His head is always on a pivot. He always knows exactly what is around him to the centimeter. He is a good talker as well, and I love how he gets stuck into challenges, I like that side of his game.

“At the start of the season, a few people were doubting him or weren’t sure about him. We were training with him day in, day out and we all knew from seeing him in training, and obviously what he has achieved in the game prior, that no-one needed to worry about him.“

Not only that, but Phillips is confident that with Thiago, the best is yet to come.

“You hadn’t seen anything yet. There were some moments he’d produce in matches later on that he had produced in training. In those moments, you know this guy is a serious player. Just to have shared a pitch with him is something I can look back on and be proud of because he is an unbelievable footballer,” Phillips said.

Getting to watch the Spanish star play as part of a fully fit and functioning Liverpool team will be a long awaited sight for Liverpool fans.