Thiago Alcântara transfer 'plan' emerges as Liverpool ace seeks fresh start after injury hell

Thiago Alcântara in what could be his last game for Liverpool, against Arsenal in February.
Thiago Alcântara in what could be his last game for Liverpool, against Arsenal in February. -Credit:2024 Getty Images

Liverpool's acquisition of Thiago Alcântara from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2020 was greeted with huge euphoria from Reds fans. The Spaniard had been one of Bayern's best players on their way to the 2020 Champions League and, at the peak of his powers, many believed he would be the final piece of the jigsaw in the the Liverpool midfield.

Jürgen Klopp didn't have anything resembling Thiago's skillset at the time. This was a player who made up for his lack of pace with exceptionally technical and tactical ability, someone who could slow a game down and keep retention of the ball when needed.

Moreover, Liverpool had signed him for a relatively small fee (in modern football terms) and at just 29, Thiago had years ahead of him at the highest level at Anfield. Yet the imagined success of Thiago at Liverpool never really transpired. Not due to his performances on the pitch, but because of his body.

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Never a player with the best injury record to begin with, Thiago has subsequently missed massive chunks in each of his four seasons at Anfield, with this campaign being particularly troublesome. Thiago has yet to manage over 30 games in any Premier League season since arriving in England, and has been sidelined more or less for an entire year.

He picked up an injury against West Ham last April which ruled him out for the rest of the year. He returned for a brief cameo in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on February 4, only to suffer another setback and he hasn't been seen since. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, the chances of an extension beyond the summer remain highly unlikely.

Now, website Football Insider asserts that the 33-year-old has instructed his agent to look for a new club ahead of the 2024/25 season. Despite his consistent problem injuries, Thiago doesn't want to retire but it remains to be seen who will take a risk considering his issues in recent years.

Thiago has made 98 appearances for Liverpool since 2020, and it's unlikely that he add to that tally before the end of the current campaign, and reach a century of games. Yet his perpetual absence from the Liverpool first team hasn't dimmed his popularity with supporters, who appreciate just how good of a player Thiago is when fit. They just haven't seen it enough. says: It will be sad to see Thiago go, but it's in everyone's best interest at this stage. One appearance in a year isn't a good enough return considering his huge salary at Liverpool. He remains a classy operator when he is at his best but injuries have stopped him making any progress at Anfield. He will likely leave with the club's best wishes and hopefully reignite his career elsewhere.