Liverpool should be "very cautious" over Thiago Alcantara's influence on their team, according to ex-Reds midfielder Dietmar Hamann.

The Spanish international made his home debut for the Reds in Sunday's goalless draw with Manchester United at Anfield, having seen his start to Liverpool life ruined by both injury and coronavirus.

Lauded as one of the best midfielders in the game today, there is no doubt about the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich man's quality, but Hamann - a 2001 cup treble winner with Liverpool - thinks he may not suit the style of football Jurgen Klopp wants to play.

"He slows things down and doesn't really play the way Liverpool play," Hamann, who also played for Bayern, told talkSPORT.

Thiago made his Anfield debut for Liverpool against Manchester United
Thiago made his Anfield debut for Liverpool against Manchester United

"Liverpool in the past have had hard-working midfielders, they were not as skilful as Thiago, but they gave the ball to [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah early.

"If you get the ball early on the wing, and these guys can run at players they are very hard to stop.

"I just feel with Thiago, everyone was raving about him coming to Liverpool, he's hardly played. He came on against Chelsea and had the most passes in the second half, against a Chelsea team that was down to 10 men.

"He came on against Newcastle in the last 25 minutes, Newcastle were dead on their feet, everyone was raving about how good he is.

Hamann has questioned the Spaniard's influence on the Liverpool team
Hamann has questioned the Spaniard's influence on the Liverpool team

"I can tell you, he's a good player, a skilful player. But there was never a time in Munich where people said, 'oh he's the first on the teamsheet'. So I'd be very cautious when it comes to Thiago.

"And the other thing is, as other people alluded to earlier, he plays a different style of football. He likes to be in possession.

"Liverpool were always good when they weren't in possession, won it and played quickly forward.

"He's not that type of player, so it will be very interesting when he does play more often now how it's going to change the dynamics of the team."

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