Liverpool legend John Barnes makes Thiago prediction for next season

Thiago moved to Liverpool from Bayern in September (Picture: Getty Images)

John Barnes says he sympathises with Thiago over how his first season at Anfield has gone so far and has ‘no doubt’ he will be one of Liverpool’s ‘top performers’ next term.

The midfielder joined the Reds last summer in a deal worth £25million following a successful seven-year spell at Bayern Munich in which he helped the German club win seven Bundesliga titles and the Champions League.

After injuring his knee in the Merseyside derby back in October, Thiago spent the next two months on the sidelines and upon his return to action, he has faced criticism for his performances.

Klopp's side are down in ninth in the table

Klopp’s side are down in ninth in the table (Picture: Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions have endured a tough 2020/21 campaign which has been riddled by injuries to key defenders, and they currently find themselves in ninth place in the table.

But Liverpool legend Barnes feels Thiago will be a key asset for his former side next season and suggested he may thrive when fans return to stadiums.

‘I can sympathise with Thiago this season and how it has gone for him,’ Barnes told BonusCodeBets.

‘Playing with no crowds can be tough for any player, especially one who has only been playing in England for less than a year.

‘He’s joined a team who were playing well, compact and the best team in the Premier League.

‘Then suddenly because of the injury situation, he’s now come into a team who are not playing well, as well as getting unfair criticism.

‘The way that he plays with the team we currently have, things just aren’t working at Anfield and I do really feel for him as he is a top player.

‘Thiago may feel that he needs the crowd for inspiration and to perform better.

‘When the crowds come back, we may start to see better results for Liverpool, but I’ve no doubt he’ll be one of the top performers next season.’

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