But Thiago was keen to show what he could do and why he would play a pivotal role for Klopp in the lead-up to the World Cup. He made 30 accurate passes out of 33 in total and touched the ball 42 times in his 28-minute cameo.
For context, Milner had been playing in midfield for over an hour and managed to complete only 33 passes with 44 touches of the ball.
There was an Alonso-esque swagger with how he glides across the pitch with the ball and finds the smallest gaps to pass through. And with all due to respect to Milner and the impressive youngster Harvey Elliott, Liverpool have sorely missed their metronome Thiago, who makes the players around him tick.
But with their fixture against Chelsea now off and a Champions League for Thiago to gain minutes, it is the opportune time for the experienced midfielder to return to the side and help Klopp stop the slide after a poor run of form.