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Cesc Fabregas provides a frank assessment of Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara.

Cesc Fabregas provides a frank assessment of Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara.

Former World Cup winner Cesc Fabregas has given a frank assessment of Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara amid Spain’s lackluster Euro 2020 campaign.

Thiago joined Liverpool for a fee in the region of £20million ahead of the season just gone, but experienced a mixed year at Anfield.

His tendency to slow down the pace of Liverpool’s play seemed to at times clash with Reds manager Jurgen Klopp’s fast, counter-attacking style.

While he spent more than two months ruled out with a knee injury, the former Bayern Munich star did become a routine in Liverpool’s midfield, making 30 appearances in all competitions.

He also earned a call-up to the Spanish national team for this summer’s European Championships, though it has been a contest for Luis Enrique’s side.

Thiago has made more than 40 appearances for his country since making his debut in 2011, with this being his third major international tournament.


He previously made two substitute displays at Euro 2016 before Spain were knocked out by Italy in the Last 16 in France.

At the World Cup in Russia two years later, the midfielder again appeared twice, though did earn his first start in a tournament.

And Fabregas, who was a pivotal member of the Spain side which won the 2010 World Cup and two European Championships, understands it is time for Thiago to step up.

The midfielder played with Thiago at Barcelona during the latter’s early stages of his career and still thinks he has the talent to be a fundamental player.

But Fabregas believes that the Liverpool starlet now needs to show more consistency to help Spain advance to the next stage of this summer’s Euros.

“Thiago, without any doubt, he has got fantastic qualities. He started very young at Barcelona, I played with him for a year,” the Monaco star told the BBC.

“I think it’s time for Thiago to basically do something big in a big tournament. He has been now at the Euros, he has been at the World Cup, he never really played too much.

“So I think he needs to find a consistency to show the whole world that he really has top top level to show it at the biggest stage.”

Thiago will aspire to play a bigger role when Spain challenges Slovakia in their deciding match on Wednesday.

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Cesc Fabregas provides a frank assessment of Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara.

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