Liverpool new boy Thiago Alcantara has all the qualities to replicate the success he enjoyed at Bayern Munich with the Reds, according to Xabi Alonso.
Thiago joined the Premier League champions during the summer transfer window and made an immediate impact on his debut as he helped them beat Chelsea.
But his progress has stalled after he sustained a knee injury in the Merseyside derby at the start of October and been unable to play for Liverpool ever since.
Thiago is expected to make a return in the coming weeks amid a hectic schedule and congested Premier League table.
The 29-year-old is a gifted midfield operator, capable of running games from a deep-lying position.
Alonso made that position his own over a 17-year career which saw him play for Real Sociedad, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Thiago and Alonso played alongside each other at Bayern for three years and dominated German football.
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And Alonso has backed Thiago to have a similar impact for Liverpool.
"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," Alonso told UEFA.com.
"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."