Thiago has shown flashes of brilliance at Anfield (Picture: Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star Neymar has picked out Liverpool’s Thiago as one of the five players better than him from a technical standpoint.
Thiago made the switch from
Bayern Munich to Anfield following a successful seven-year spell in Germany over which he won seven Bundesliga titles as well as the Champions League.
The beginning of the 30-year-old’s debut season for the Reds was hampered by a knee injury, but he returned to action to show flashes of class, despite receiving criticism over his performances.
Neymar is starring for Brazil at the Copa America (Picture: Getty Images)
But Neymar is no doubt about the Spain international’s skillset, and when asked to pick the five players more technical than himself, the PSG winger named Thiago along with
Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Marco Verratti.
The Brazilian told
Oh my Goal: ‘More technical than me? I don’t know if I can answer that!
‘With all the humility in the world, I consider myself one of the most technical players in football today.’
He added, reluctantly: ‘But I would say… Messi, Hazard, De Bruyne, Verratti, I’m still missing one?
‘More technical than me… Thiago!’
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Hoffenheim as Austria midfielder Christoph Baumgartner following the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum from Anfield.
But the 21-year-old has insisted that he had no intention of leaving the Bundesliga club this summer.
‘My clear plan is to play for Hoffenheim next season,’ he told Sport Bild earlier this week.
‘I definitely extended my contract in March with the intention to play here next season.
‘I believe I have the biggest opportunity to develop further here.
‘For me, that means playing consistently at a high level with more room for improvement.’
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