Liverpool fans have been urged to have a “reasonable expectation” of Thiago Alcantara by European football journalist Andy Brassell.
The former Barcelona midfieder signed for Liverpool from Bayern Munich in the summer for £20m, with supporters getting very excited about the signing.
Thiago struggled with injuries early on in the season but has now become a regular start uinder Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.
However, the Spain international has only won four of his first 13 matches, leading to criticism from former players and some fans.
And Brassell has urged caution against those that were expecting Thiago to take Liverpool to the next level this season.
“In terms of adapting to the Premier League, all of their best midfielders have been playing in defence,” Brassell told talkSPORT.
“So he’s not been slotting into the same team, which is tough.
“I always said from the beginning when there was this frenzy of excitement when he signed, you have to realise he’s not going to be a guy who’s going to come over and play 60 games [in a season].
“He’s never done that in his career. He’s got a lot of miles on the clock for someone of his age.
“He’s taken a few injuries and had a few surgeries. He rarely plays, if ever, more than 20, 25 league games a season.
“So there has to be a reasonable expectation of what sort of player he can be for Liverpool.”