Xabi pleased to see Thiago Alcantara at Liverpool

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Former Liverpool and Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso is pleased to see Thiago Alcantara at Anfield.

Xabi has tipped Reds new boy Thiago Alcantara to repeat his heroics with the Bundesliga side at Anfield.

He said, "I have loved watching Thiago Alcantara, the way he has been able to connect with the attacking players, helping to defend with his special qualities.

"He's a great friend, but above that, he's become one of the best midfielders.

"And he's a fabulous, intelligent, interesting, fun guy to be around in a training session and a dressing room.

"He loves football; he shows that with his personality and with the way he plays. He's able to connect with his team-mates very easily.

"He's done it fantastically at Bayern, and I feel that he's going to do it in the same way at Liverpool, and I love it."