Alisson explains how Thiago Alcantara’s ‘top blood’ will benefit Liverpool

Alisson says Thiago Alcantara's quality can make a crucial difference as Liverpool bid to achieve the rare feat of defending the Premier League title.

Thiago could make his first start for Jurgen Klopp's side in Monday's showdown against Arsenal, after impressing during a 45-minute cameo in last weekend's win over Chelsea.

The Spain midfielder's 75 completed passes broke the record for one half of a Premier League match, in what was his first appearance for the Reds since his £27million move from Bayern Munich.

He arrived at Anfield with plenty of pedigree, with two Champions League triumphs, seven Bundesliga titles and two La Liga crowns among the honours he has amassed during 11 years with Bayern and Barcelona.

And Alisson expects the 29-year-old to make a huge difference to Liverpool's silverware hunt this season.

"Thiago is an important arrival for us not only because he is new blood but because he is top blood," Alisson said in an interview with the Mail on Sunday.

"He is a top player who already has a great history in football, a player with energy who still has the desire to do great things and also a top person who will come here and not bring problems for us but will bring solutions for us and I am really happy we can count on him."

Liverpool will match Manchester United's all-time record of 20 top-flight titles if they successfully defend their Premier League crown this season.

But they will have their work cut out, with recent history showing it is notoriously difficult to be crowned champions of England in consecutive seasons.

When Manchester City successfully defended their title in 2019, it was the first time a team had done so since neighbours United achieved the feat 10 years earlier.

United were successful in defending six of the 13 league crowns they won under Sir Alex Ferguson, while Chelsea also saw off all challengers to claim consecutive titles in 2005 and 2006.

But Alisson believes Klopp's side have the players to make history.

"We have top players here," said the goalkeeper. "Top people – really good men full of desire to win things and to do great things for this club, and the desire to improve is what we need on this team because history says that not many clubs win the title the second year in a row.

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Liverpool got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds.

In terms of transfers the Reds have completed the signing of Thiago Alcantara and Wolves' Diogo Jota has arrived too, in a shock deal worth a potential £45million.

Youngster Ki-Jana Hoever is set to head to Wolves in a £10million deal, while Gini Wijnaldum continues to be linked with Barcelona. There's a lot to keep track of.

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"We have the potential and the quality to do that.

"We know the level of the Premier League is getting higher. Clubs are investing a lot of money in players, they are getting better organised on the pitch.

"We have to believe in ourselves and we know our quality and our goals but it depends how much we put on the pitch and in the game.

"Last season, we didn't think about winning the title. We put 100 per cent of our focus on the next game and the next challenge. This year, we will do that the same."

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