Thiago Alcantara has endured a turbulent Liverpool career since arriving on Merseyside in the summer from Bayern Munich, but his performance on Saturday left Reds fans purring.
The Spaniard was a stand out performer as Jurgen Klopp’s side breezed past a limp Arsenal, with a double from Diogo Jota and a Mo Salah goal enough to secure a 3-0 victory.
Trent Alexander Arnold will undoubtedly steal the headlines, producing a man of the match performance, and sending out a message to Gareth Southgate after his recent emission from the England squad.
But one other man who excellent performance has gone somewhat under the radar, is Thiago.
It hasn’t been easy for the Barcelona academy graduate, as he has had to adapt to a completely different style of play in England.
He has come from abroad and generally played a slower, more cultured style of football, in which his sides dominate possession and build slowly from the back.
Whereas Klopp’s side are more 100mph and in your face without the ball, something Thiago isn’t accustom to, and it has taken him time to adapt.
But we are finally seeing green shoots where his performance levels are concerned.
It’s clear to see Thiago still has remnants of that European style of football within his game.
More importantly for Klopp and something I’m sure he will have been asking of Thiago, is that intensity to win the ball back.
Only Fabinho and Andrew Robertson can better Thiago’s two tackles on Saturday, which may not seem an awful lot, but it’s a step in the right direction for a player who has struggled with this in the past.
There certainly aren’t too many to choose from, so this must almost certainly go down as one of Thiago’s best Liverpool performance to date.