Arsene Wenger’s Thiago comments look foolish as Liverpool beat RB Leipzig

Thiago Alcantara was back to his best in Liverpool's 2-0 win over RB Leipzig in the last-16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night – making Arsene Wenger's recent criticism of the midfielder look rather foolish.

The Reds picked up a crucial victory in the first leg of their last-16 tie with Leipzig, first taking the lead through Mohamed Salah eight minutes into the second half before Sadio Mane added the second five minutes later.

It was a much-needed triumph out in Hungary for Jurgen Klopp's side, who came into the game on the back of three straight defeats in the Premier League.

Thiago was one of their standout performers on the night, producing an impressive display in the middle of the park to leave Wenger red-faced after his recent critique.

The former Bayern Munich ace has also now enjoyed a win in each of his last 11 Champions League outings, which is the joint-longest run of any Spaniard in the history of the competition alongside Javi Martinez and Dani Carvajal.

Wenger recently suggested that Liverpool's stuttering Premier League title defence was partly down to the signing of Thiago, insisting his arrival at Anfield last summer cost them strength and aggression in the middle of the park.

"Thiago Alcantara, for me, shows the typical problem of a manager," the former Arsenal manager told beIN SPORTS.

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  • "For example Liverpool were very hungry and aggressive in midfield. When you're manager you want to make the team better and you [sign] a technical player.

    "But when you [sign] a technical player you lose the aggression in midfield and you destroy a bit of the strength Liverpool had before.

    "They have certainly less capacity today to win the ball back and they suffer a little bit more, so sometimes when you want to improve the team, you take a little something away from the team."

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