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Thiago ran the show as the faltering Premier League champions saw off Leipzig to book their spot in the next round.
And he nearly had an assist to show for his performance on Wednesday, creating an incredible chance for Salah.
On the counter-attack after defending a corner, the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich man played a gorgeous pass to his teammate.
He put the Egyptian forward clear on goal with an sublime acrobatic through ball.
What a ball Thiago, unlucky Salah and Mane
- Alcânsauce (@PassLikeThiago) March 10, 2021
Thiago's gorgeous pass. #LIVRBL pic.twitter.com/RnZC837HW9
- The Anfield Talk (@TheAnfieldTalk) March 10, 2021
Unfortunately for Thiago and the Reds, Salah failed to hit the back of the net - forcing a save from Peter Gulacsi.
Liverpool fans loved the pass and praised it on social media.,
Thiago Karate Kid Through Ball WOWW
- Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) March 10, 2021
that thiago pass was insane
- morgan (@morganclee) March 10, 2021
Rival fans trying to find Thumbs up and tempo control jokes after Thiago masterclass against Leipzig. pic.twitter.com/W8aEPrOQAZ
- B.P (@Respect_the_96) March 11, 2021
Thiago Alcantara vs. RB Leipzig
79% Pass accuracy
4/4 Accurate long passes
1 (big) chance created
1/2 Dribbles completed
13/16 Ground duels won
This is his stage. As solid as he was sensational. The range, the technique, the tenacity; what a player. pic.twitter.com/aVxyIT3ZVJ
- The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) March 10, 2021
One Twitter user wrote: "That pass so deserved a goal at the end."
A second tweeted: "But Thiago stifles our play... no other mid in our team nails this pass."
A third added: "F**k man if only Salah scored this.... F**king goal of the CENTURY."
Liverpool are through to the Champions League quarter-finals after beating Leipzig 4-0 on aggregate.
And speaking after the 2-0 victory in Budapest, Jurgen Klopp hit back at the Thiago critics.
He said: "Thiago was good, they were all good.
"When Naby (Keita) came on that was also good and it was helpful.
"I assume when you all look at Liverpool from Germany, people say it's (the problems) to do with Thiago or whatever - that's rubbish.
"For the players who were new, they always needed time to get used to our game plan but Thiago doesn't have that.
"But he improves week on week. It is not a short-term project, it is a long-term project and it was good.
"It is very fluid how we work together, the boys played some nice passes and Thiago had a great chance as well, I think he could have had a shot on goal but instead passed."
Thiago, who has been the subject of intense criticism this season, showed his influence as Liverpool returned to winning ways following back-to-back league defeats.
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