Gary Neville has recently compared Liverpool midfielder Thiago to Manchester United legends Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick after a dominant display of the Spaniard vs Leeds.
Liverpool dominate Leeds
Sunday’s only Premier League clash came at Elland Road, as Leeds United set out in search of their first league win of the season.
This time a Liverpool side who had enjoyed an impressive and unbeaten start to the campaign got in their way.
And, unfortunately for Leeds, that undefeated start continued Sunday when Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mane finally saw the Reds stay as 3-0 winners.
Liverpool are now at the top of the Premier League, while Leeds are down at 17th.
Neville compares Thiago to Paul Scholes
After the crash, Gary Neville would talk about the game on his podcast.
In doing so, the former Manchester United defender would highlight Thiago in praise.
The Spaniard was making his first outing of the season and surprisingly was chosen ahead of the skipper, Jordan Henderson.
However, Thiago’s selection was definitely justified, with the midfielder controlling the pace of the clash at all times.
This would lead Neville to compare Thiago to Man United legends Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick:
“Before the game, sometimes you think you need to fight fire with fire against Leeds and combine their energy.
“So when you see Elliott Thiago and Fabinho in midfield, who maybe not the most athletic and mobile even though they can run, but they are not the most athletic and mobile, you could have played Keita, Milner and Henderson, who would probably run the most.
“You think maybe Leeds will have a chance to run away from them, I think it was said in the study as well.
“But it was composure, it reminded me sometimes [Paul] Scholes at Anfield, the game was so hectic and all of a sudden there was a little guy in the middle of the field, who just put his foot in it and you think there is calm, there is peace.
“[Michael] Carrick would do the same for us at Manchester United. And I think what Thiago did for Liverpool today was what they hired him for. And when it’s frantic, everyone’s sprinting and everyone’s desperate and it’s 100 miles per hour, put your foot on the ball and play the game-opening pass and you did it. “
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|Ronaldo, Cristiano||United manchester||2|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||2|
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|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||2|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton and Hove Albion||2|
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|Jota, Diogo||Liverpool FC||2|
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|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||3|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester city||3|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||2|
|Benrahma said||West Ham United||2|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea Football Club||2|
|Saint-Maximin, Allan||Newcastle united||2|
|James, Reece||Chelsea Football Club||2|
|Gross, Pascal||Brighton and Hove Albion||2|
|Pereira, Ricardo||Leicester City||2|
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