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Thiago Alcantara Is Already Breaking Records After Liverpool Debut

Thiago Alcantara Is Already Breaking Records After Liverpool Debut

Liverpool left Chelsea in little doubt about the gap that still exists between the sides during their meeting this afternoon.

The Premier League champions thoroughly outclassed their opponents, seemingly toying with the at times. The red card given to Andreas Christensen just before halftime had an impact, but Liverpool were already well on top at that stage.

Sadio Mane's goals made sure of the victory, even if a Jorginho penalty miss late on would have given Chelsea a chance to steal a result.

The man who gave away that penalty was Thiago Alcantara, who made his Liverpool debut after being introduced as a halftime substitute. That mistake aside, he was absolutely exemplary.

You could see why Liverpool fans were calling out for him to come to the club. Thiago demanded the ball from his teammates, picking out quick and incisive passes and continually trying to play the ball forward.

It is already clear that he will drive this Liverpool team to another level, as evidenced by this stat.

During the 45 minutes he was on the pitch, Thiago Alcantara played 75 passes. That's the highest amount of passes played by a player who featured for only 45 minutes in Premier League history.

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He also completed more passes than any Chelsea player despite only being on the pitch for one half.

Thiago is the midfield player Liverpool have been craving. Their other options are all excellent players, but they are industrious players.

The Spaniard will offer a more creative presence, one that is capable of breaking down stubborn opposition defences.

Considering this was only 45 minutes in his very first game, we can probably expect him to keep breaking records moving forward.

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Gary Connaughton

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