New Delhi: Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcântara can be seen in two roles at pre-season training as he helps the young Darwin Nunez settle in the club and at the same time, continues learning from Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool no. 6 is binding well with newly signed Nunez due to shrared language of Spanish. After the Reds have played 63 games across four competitions last term, winning the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup, Thiago is ready for another tilt at major honors.
The Spaniard told Liverpool’s official website, “It’s always group achievements in my head: try to win all the trophies we can, try to win as many games as we can and put in a high performance.”
Thiago has happily been on hand to impart his wisdom that can aid the settling-in of Nunez, the 23-year-old struck four goals in Thursday’s 5-0 pre-season win at RB Leipzig.
Commenting on Darwin the 31-year-old said, “You start to know a new lad coming in our team. You always want that he is happy in the team, happy with us, happy and confident with himself, I think he turned over this first adaptation with these four goals and it’s important for him and important for us.”
“At one point in our life we were the young guy in the team and someone helped us. So you use that experience to help the young players that come. Because of the language I try to help him as much as I can and make him part of our sessions and our team,” he added.
The Spanish international also told how Jürgen Klopp had taught him running and he expects to mature further in 2022-23 season.
“More than running itself, it’s more about the proper running high intensity and also the right sprints in the right moments, You improve in that, you improve for your team as well. As a player you grow up with that. It was an important experience that I lived, these two years under the manager’s teaching, but it will be even better this season.”
“It was nice to be here from the beginning. We had a long travel in Asia, Bangkok and Singapore; we really felt the warmth of the fans there. Now we start the heavy part of the pre-season. We start to run and to play more intense, as we want. So far, so good. It’s always good to prepare yourself as much as you can. Not just as an individual matter but also with the football ideas we have.”