The Liverpool Exodus
In a surprising turn of events, Thiago Alcantara, the Spanish midfield maestro, is reportedly seeking an early exit from Liverpool, a year ahead of his contract’s conclusion. The Merseyside club has already bid farewell to James Milner, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, all of whom were released as their contracts expired at the end of the previous season. Arthur Melo, following an unremarkable loan spell, has returned to Juventus, while Fabio Carvalho has been loaned to RB Leipzig.
The Next in Line
The midfield exodus seems far from over, with Jordan Henderson and Fabinho potentially heading to Saudi Arabian clubs Al Ettifaq and Al Ittihad respectively. The latest revelation, however, has been the most shocking, with Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, learning of Thiago’s desire to leave.
Thiago’s Liverpool Journey
Thiago, who joined Liverpool from Bayern Munich in 2020, has had a challenging stint at Anfield, marred by injuries. Despite this, Klopp continues to hold the 32-year-old in high regard. However, with Liverpool’s midfield undergoing a significant transformation, Thiago appears ready to part ways.
New Additions and Potential Departures
Liverpool has already bolstered their squad with the additions of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, and they are likely to target another midfielder once Fabinho and Henderson depart. Thiago, wary of the potential decrease in playing time, has decided it might be best to seek opportunities elsewhere.
The Spanish Connection
Thiago, a product of Barcelona’s famed academy and a former first-team player, had hoped that the departure of Sergio Busquets might pave the way for his return. However, Barcelona’s decision to bring back Oriol Romeu from Girona has complicated matters. As a result, Thiago is now waiting to see if Real Sociedad, Celta de Vigo, or Sevilla will solidify their interest.
The Champions League Dream
A move to Real Sociedad or Sevilla would offer Thiago the opportunity to compete in the Champions League next season, a prospect not available at Liverpool, who will be competing in the Europa League. Celta, on the other hand, has no European football to offer.
The Future of Thiago
While Galatasaray has expressed interest in Thiago, he has put the idea of moving to Turkey on hold, waiting to see if a move to Spain materialises. With Liverpool yet to discuss a new contract, it seems increasingly likely that Thiago’s time at Anfield is drawing to a close. This summer might be Liverpool’s last chance to cash in on their number six, or they could keep him for one last season before letting him go for free.