Liverpool journalist Neil Jones has all but confirmed that Thiago Alcantara will leave Anfield this upcoming summer transfer window.
Although Thiago is just shy of 100 appearances in the red of Liverpool, the 32-year-old has not featured for Jurgen Klopp’s side in more than 8 months.
The former Bayern Munich player has seen setbacks in his recovery from a chronic hip ailment.
On his day, Thiago is undoubtedly world-class and provides technical know-how that can’t be matched by many players in world football.
However, there has just not been enough of those days since his 2020 transfer from Bavaria.
Due to a mix of his physical concerns and the increasing competition for spots in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI, we may not see many more occasions of Thiago stepping out on the pitch as a Liverpool player.
There has been many reports linking Thiago with a move away from Merseyside, from Barcelona to Saudi Arabia – it seems there will be suitors for the 32-year-old.
Nontheless, Neil Jones has made it abundntly clear that he believes Thiago will seek pastures anew in the summer.
What did Neil Jones say about Thiago?
Speaking to CaughtOffside for the Daily Briefing, the Liverpool expert said this on the Spaniard:
“The absence of Thiago remains one of the big frustrations at Liverpool, as we approach the 12-month anniversary of his last appearance for the Reds,” Jones began.
“I can understand why some fans, and indeed Jurgen Klopp, are dreaming about how the Spaniard might flourish in this new-look team.”
“Certainly, his nous, passing range and ability to dictate the pace of games would be welcome in the closing months of this campaign.”
“My understanding is that a return to training could happen in February, but obviously there will be risk associated with any return to competitive action, given he has had so long out.”
“I think we will see him play before the end of the campaign, but it is hard to see him starting a run of games.”
“It was hard enough beforehand!”
Jones then offered his rationale for why he feels that it is Thiago’s last season at Anfield:
“As for the summer, I’d be very surprised if Liverpool extended Thiago’s contract.”
“He’ll be 33 in April and he’s done nothing in the past 18 months to suggest he’s the future for the club.”
“A great player, no question, but I think he’ll be on the move in the summer.”
“Maybe he’ll have a medal or two in his pocket when he leaves, though…”
Hopefully Thiago is able to make a return to the Liverpool squad before the season’s end.
While he has had his injury troubles, he has also provided moments of magic for Jurgen Klopp and the Reds.
Having already won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, let’s see if he and Liverpool can complete the set with a Premier League title come May this year.