Former Liverpool star and Spain international Luis Garcia has discussed Liverpool's title chances and he highlighted one player in particular as that 'difference'.

Midfielder Thiago Alcantara has had a mixed start to life at Liverpool and was the subject of some criticism at points last season.

The 30-year-old has continuously shown his quality, despite the noise, and plenty of pundits have come to his defence, including Jamie Redknapp.

Now, Liverpool legend and Champions League winner Garcia has also praised the midfielder.

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Garcia told the PA news agency: “He’s a player who, when he is on the ball, is always effective.

“When he’s on the field you can see the other players look for him because he’s the one who can make that difference, that last pass in-between the lines. I’m sure he’s going to be an important player during the season.

“We expect him to play every, single week and midweek but that’s not possible anymore with the demands of the game, not many players can have that strength to play 90 minutes every three days.

“It’s true that the adaptation to the Premier League is not easy, he has to work a lot more when he plays in midfield, but I enjoy every single time he’s on the field because I like to see creative players on the pitch.”

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Garcia wrote himself into the Liverpool history books in 2005 as part of the team that lifted the Reds' fifth European cup in Istanbul.

He's continues to be involved with the club off the pitch, as they announced their partnership with SC Johnson on Thursday.

The Spain international shared on social media: "Delighted to be part of the new Partnership between Liverpool FC & SC Johnson, aiming to recycle 500.000 plastic bottles at Anfield on a season and reuse them to make new bottles of Mr. Muscles.

"We all can do small gesture that can make a huge difference."