Liverpool changed their formation to accommodate match-winner Diogo Jota against Sheffield United over the weekend, and while it was not a perfect performance from Jurgen Klopp's men, the German can take heart from what he did see from his players.
The change in tactical system was far from executed to perfection, especially in the first half, where the Reds were disjointed when attacking.
But rather than having both Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum in midfield, Thiago, who has considerably more guile and creativity from deep, would significantly improve that.
And there was enough from those in front of the midfield two to suggest persisting with it is worthwhile, and after Jota scored the club's 10,000th goal in their 2-0 victory over FC Midtjylland on Tuesday night, Klopp could decide to ensure the forward is accommodated into the starting XI again vs West Ham United.
On the Post-Game Podcast after Liverpool beat Sheffield United, Steve Dawson said: "I look forward to hopefully seeing that 4-2-3-1 formation again.
"Sheffield United didn't press Liverpool and that meant that for a while, particularly in the first half, Liverpool found it difficult to get the ball out from the back four.
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"It is always nice to see Liverpool sweeping the ball about among the defenders but it doesn't normally take too long before they bring in Henderson or Wijnaldum.
"But because Sheffield United didn't press that high, there wasn't the opportunity to make an incisive ball forward, and I wonder against teams like that maybe Thiago Alcantara can come into his own there.
"We have seen in the little time he has had in a Liverpool shirt so far that he is very able to clip the ball forward and look for incisive balls into the spaces and in between players.
"He will become a useful weapon in breaking that type of opposition set-up down."
With opponents of that sort, Thiago will come into his own with the world-class skillset that he displayed in playing the ball into Sadio Mane against Everton on Henderson's disallowed goal - all while feeling the effects of Richarlison's bad tackle just moment earlier.
Both Henderson, who played some excellent switches of play against Sheffield United, and Wijnaldum, who lined up alongside the captain, are good passers of the ball, and have other strengths that they offer, but Thiago takes that specific element of Liverpool's game to another level.
Couple Thiago's ability to break down packed defences, which will be needed plenty of times this season, with the need to retain the 4-2-3-1 system to squeeze Jota in, but with the Spaniard occupying one of the number six positions, and Klopp's selection dilemma has an obvious answer.
Given Jota's performance, and the improvement in general play seen to Roberto Firmino, too, who seemed to enjoy playing with an extra man alongside him, Klopp has more than enough encouragement to use that formation again when facing a similarly conservative opponent.
Among Liverpool's next few matches are West Ham United next weekend and Brighton in around a month. Even Leicester City, who sit in and defend before counter-attacking brilliantly, will need breaking down and are likely to concede most of the possession.
In December, Wolves, Fulham, Crystal Palace, West Brom and Newcastle, and even, to some extent, Tottenham under Jose Mourinho, will all fall into a similar category.
When those types of opponents, in particular, take to the field against Liverpool, Klopp will see the benefits of his latest midfield addition, with Jota also able to make himself a fundamental element of the side as a result of the 4-2-3-1 switch.