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John Barnes: 'Thiago Alcantara could be to blame for Liverpool's goal drought'

:Headline: John Barnes: 'Thiago Alcantara could be to blame for Liverpool's goal drought':
Thiago Alcantara does not help Liverpool's front three with his slow playing style, according to club legend John Barnes.
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Liverpool great John Barnes has suggested that Thiago Alcantara's playing style could be the reason for the club's scoring drought.

The Reds have failed to net in their last three Premier League matches - their longest such run since another three-game spell in March 2005.

Thiago has played a part in all three of those games and started two of them, including Sunday's 0-0 draw with league leaders Manchester United.

Barnes believes that the Spanish midfielder, still working his way back to fitness following a two-month layoff, is too slow in possession.

"Thiago, who was running the game and was the best player in the first half, I don't think that necessarily helped the front three," he told talkSPORT.

"With [Jordan] Henderson and Fabinho in midfield, they just get the ball forward and are much more direct for the three strong-running strikers to get on the ball and go on attack, Thiago slows the game down.

"When he slowed the game down in tight areas, that is not [Sadio] Mane's game, that is not [Mohamed] Salah's game. So we're getting used to a new system, but at the moment it's not working.

"But in my opinion, along with Manchester City, we're still favourites [for the title]."

Liverpool have found the net just once from their last 62 shots - 17 of those efforts against United, who retain a three-point lead on the fourth-placed Reds. body check tags ::

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27205256173965
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd27149453322151
3Leicester CityLeicester27155746311550
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham2613674031945
5Chelsea26128641251644
6Liverpool26127747341343
7Everton2513483833543
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs25116841271439
9Aston Villa251231038271139
10Arsenal26114113427737
11Leeds UnitedLeeds26112134344-135
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2797112837-934
13Crystal Palace2797112943-1434
14Southampton2686123144-1330
15Burnley2778121935-1629
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton26511102633-726
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2675142744-1726
18Fulham26411112132-1123
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2638152055-3517
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2742211643-2714
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