Football News

Dietmar Hamann: Thiago is one of the most overrated players in European football

By Ben Green

Published: 10:08, 1 June 2022

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has labelled Thiago “one of the most overrated players in European football” following the club’s Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

The 31-year-old was highly influential in Liverpool’s domestic cup double season, in which the Reds sealed FA Cup and League Cup honours, as well as finishing runners-up in the Premier League and Champions League.

Question marks over Thiago’s suitability to Jurgen Klopp’s high-octane system have dominated the narrative since the 46-capped Spain international relocated to Anfield from Bayern Munich, with many believing his languid style slows the pace of Liverpool’s press down.


Sky Bet welcome offer: Bet £5 and get £20

It's a good time to sign up to Sky Bet. Qualifying readers* will get £20 in free bets when they sign up and place a bet of £5. You can follow THIS LINK to claim or click the image below.

NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY. FIRST SINGLE & E/W BET ONLY. ODDS OF 1/1 OR GREATER. 4 X £5 BET TOKENS. FREE BET STAKES NOT INCLUDED IN RETURNS. FREE BETS EXCLUDE VIRTUALS. FREE BETS ARE NON WITHDRAWABLE. NO FREE BET EXPIRY. ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS. FURTHER T&CS APPLY. 18+. BEGAMBLEAWARE.ORG.


Hamann is one such critic, with the former anchorman believing Klopp needs to “modernise” his side, and that starts with the culling of midfielders such as Thiago and even Naby Keita.

“In my opinion, the Reds need to modernise the team a bit, especially in midfield,” Hamann wrote in a column for Sky Sport.

“I don’t understand the hype about Thiago. For me he is one of the most overrated players in European football.

“When things are going well and you have a lot of possession he’s a good player, but when push comes to shove you don’t see him.

Paddy Power betting offer: Bet £20 and get it back as cash if it loses

  1. Follow THIS LINK (or click the image below) to open a new account using promo code YSKWEX
  2. Deposit a minimum of £10 using a card.
  3. Place a Sportsbook bet up to £20 at min odds of 2.0 (Evs). For the purposes of this promotion, your first ever placed bet will be counted as the qualifying bet.
  4. If your qualifying bet is settled as a loser we will refund your stake in CASH (maximum £20).
  5. Qualifying requirements must be completed within 30 days of account opening

New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any market at odds of min 2.0 (EVS) and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using cards will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly. For more information, visit begambleaware.org.

“If you need someone who sets accents, then he doesn’t do it.

“[Naby] Keita is also a disappointment, [Jordan] Henderson is a worker. They need a player who can make the difference and give the team that extra something.”

Hamann’s comments come after Thiago enjoyed a stellar campaign for the club, with his zenith coming in that 4-0 win over Manchester United on Merseyside, in which Jamie Carragher lauded the Spaniard’s performance as “the best game he’s ever had at Anfield”.

Following that mauling of their long-term rivals, Klopp even hit out at Thiago’s detractor, believing the midfield metronome is a perfect complement to his playing philosophy.

“People were questioning if he suits our football?” Klopp said in April. “Thank God these people don’t make decisions.

How to live stream Europe's major leagues:

Bet365* stream Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Serie A games live AND La Liga games for account holders. Those interested in watching any of those competitions and more live can take advantage of this service by following the simple steps below.

  • Click on this link.
  • ‘Join now’ and enter details.
  • Log in and fund your account.
  • Navigate to the ‘In-Play’ link at the top of the homepage and select your desired event.

*Geo restrictions apply, 18+ only, must have a funded account or placed a bet in the last 24 hours, BeGambleAware. All odds and offers within this article are accurate at the time of writing (18:30, 15/06/22).


“If a player is calming a game down in moments due to a lot of reasons – one of them is just to have a look, or whatever – it is of course nothing we thought.

“It is more important Thiago wanted to join us and he knew how we played. He is a real football person and thinks a lot about football. He knew how we played and he knew he we would fit in and we knew it as well.

“It is always about being fit and staying fit and getting used to the slight differences to the former club, whatever these things are in different teams. Then you can go from there. Thiago had only one problem, he was injured and it started with an Everton game, to be honest. That didn’t help. It was never a question if he would suit us. We only signed him because we knew he would help us.”

READ MORE: