John Aldridge has advised Jurgen Klopp — not that the Liverpool manager needs to listen to him — to start Thiago Alcantara in their clash with Manchester United on Sunday.
It is a huge clash in the Premier League, with United possibly going three points clear on top should they win away to Burnley tonight.
Liverpool have gone three league games without a win after drawing against West Brom and Newcastle before losing to Southampton.
They won their last match 4-1, over Aston Villa in the FA Cup, but the Villains had a depleted side.
Aldridge thinks that Klopp should start Thiago for only the third time in the Premier League since he joined Liverpool in the summer from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
“The final ball has not been up to our standard in the last few games and that’s what has been letting us down a little bit after we’ve got in behind the defence and are looking to pick someone out,” Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo.
“I must underline, though, it’s really hard when a team has 10 men behind the ball to do that but you’ve got to see where the ball needs to go and there are ways like putting the ball into areas at the back post.
“Of course, team selection is up to the manager but when you’re thinking about the final ball and picking people out Ibn the 18-yard box — Andy Robertson and Alexander-Arnold have been magnificent for the last few years.
“And from midfield, there is no better player to see that pass than Thiago. That’s his forte.
“Whoever the manager plays in there — we don’t know as he’s got a lot of options — but at the moment he is the one that’ll see that killer pass more than anyone.”
Thiago was regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world not long ago, but there must be issues if Bayern didn’t fight to keep him as well as the fact he’s not played much this season.
Just like the situation United faced with Bastian Schweinsteiger.