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Michael Owen questions Thiago Alcantara's place in Liverpool team

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Michael Owen questions whether Liverpool's summer recruit Thiago Alcantara fits into Jurgen Klopp's best starting lineup.

Michael Owen has questioned whether Liverpool's summer recruit Thiago Alcantara fits into Jurgen Klopp's best starting lineup.

The Spaniard left German giants Bayern Munich to move to Anfield for around £25m in September last year but has so far failed to live up to expectations with the Reds.

Former Liverpool striker Owen believes that Thiago has shown glimpses of his impressive passing and technique on the ball, but he has been less convinced by the 29-year-old's recent performances and has concerns over his suitability for Klopp's high-intensity brand of football.

"He's struggling, like the rest of the team but it's not his fault. Playing out wide, you need more legs. But if you put him central then that goes against what Liverpool have based their success on," Owen told Premier League Productions.

"But, a one-off game, Champions League final tomorrow and my whole squad was fit. I would go back to type and no [he does not play]. How did we win the Champions League? He's so talented. He's one of the most talented in the world, yet we are saying if it was a big game tomorrow.

"Would you play him? And I think your general answer is you would probably go with Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum."

Thiago is yet to score or provide an assist in his 16 appearances for Liverpool and has only been on the winning side seven times so far this campaign.

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City32235467234474
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd31189461342763
3Leicester CityLeicester31175955371856
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham31167851391255
5Chelsea31159750311954
6Liverpool31157953371652
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs311471052351749
8Everton30146104138348
9Arsenal31136124335845
10Leeds UnitedLeeds31143144949045
11Aston Villa301351243331044
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves31108133141-1038
13Crystal Palace31108133352-1938
14Southampton31106153956-1736
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton31712123338-533
16Burnley3189142542-1733
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3188153251-1932
18Fulham32511162442-1826
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom3159172859-3124
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd3142251755-3814
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