Thiago Alcantara has admitted that his sparkling strike in Liverpool’s Champions League victory against Porto was not the “best looking” thing he has done.
The Spanish national team player opened the scoring in a 2-0 victory with a fantastic half volley from 25 yards, which helped the Reds maintain their 100% winning start to their European campaign.
In a conversation with BT Sport after the match, Thiago was asked if he “has ever scored a better goal”.
“I think so!” in Thiago. “But in the end, I’m really happy with the goal at an important moment, when I came back from an injury and trying to boost my confidence.
“The most important goal is for the team, how the team played, how we create chances and how we defend. We are happy with the young guys and experienced.
“Sure, I think for every player it gives us joy when we touch the ball – whether it’s a fine pass or a nice shot – and luckily it was a goal.”
Thiago played with teenager Tyler Morton in midfield alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain when Jurgen Klopp made several changes to this weekend’s win against Arsenal, and the latter revealed that the German boss was set to maintain high standards even though Liverpool’s qualification is already complete.
“It was one of the most important things the coach said, as a team we wanted to come here and approach it properly and professionally. We want to win matches,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“It is important to keep the standard up, especially after the weekend with a good performance, we wanted to put in another one today. We made changes, everyone came in and did a good job. I think it was professional.
“You want to play as much as you can. Playing in a row is where the rhythm and fitness come from. You grow into things. It’s really good to have [Thiago] back.”