Without Thiago in their starting line-up, Liverpool won just 13 of 21 games. They lost two and drew six of those, averaging 2.14 points per game. They had a win percentage of just 62 per cent.
Klopp is adamant that he will not sign a new midfielder before the end of the summer transfer window but, regardless, there are few affordable midfielders in world football who would have the same impact as Thiago at Liverpool. Not even a £100m assault on Borussia Dortmund for Jude Bellingham would be a guaranteed and immediate fix.
Bellingham is clearly Klopp’s long-term target, who will be targeted when the time is right. But Liverpool desperately need a Thiago alternative who can have a similar impact on results. Where they can find one remains to be seen.