Paul Merson outlines what he 'cannot believe' about Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara

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Pundit Paul Merson has criticised Liverpool for ‘falling over the line’ against Aston Villa at the weekend, with the former player confused as to why Thiago Alcantara started the match on the bench.

Jurgen Klopp made a couple of changes to the starting XI with the Villa clash sandwiched between the two crucial Champions League quarter-final ties with Real Madrid.

Thiago was one of those who dropped out along with Sadio Mane, with Roberto Firmino and James Milner among those who came into the side.

“They werent very good Liverpool,” said Merson on Sky Sports.

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“They fell over the line. Theres something missing. The clicks are not happening at the moment.

“The midfield three of Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and Fabinho – its not going to put the ball through the eye of a needle.

“I just cannot believe Thiago doesnt play in games like this when Villa are going to sit back. Its a surprise to me.”

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Liverpool got over the line thanks to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s late strike from the edge of the penalty area.

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Thiago, who came off the bench with 20 minutes to play and the game poised at 1-1, played a decisive part in the move that led to the winner, along with fellow substitute Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Spaniard is likely to start at Anfield on Wednesday night as the Reds seek to turn around their 3-1 first-leg defeat against Real Madrid.

Source: www.liverpoolecho.co.uk

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