According to Spanish news outlet SPORT, Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara is seriously considering his future and a potential move away from Anfield this summer.
The Reds have been in the full swing of their preparations for next season and Jurgen Klopp has been working hard to refresh his squad to inspire a comeback next season.
Liverpool have made two new signings this summer with World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister joining the Merseyside giants alongside Hungarian sensation Dominik Szoboszlai as part of the much-needed midfield rebuild.
Not only that, many experienced and long-standing players at the club have taken the decision to follow Roberto Firmino to Saudi Arabia with skipper Jordan Henderson reaching a full agreement to join Al-Ettifaq, whilst a move to Al-Ittihad for Brazilian midfielder Fabinho is currently in the works.
Indeed, it is certainly not an ideal situation for Klopp as the return to Premier League action approaches fast, but it also prompts the German coach to continue his rebuild in the centre of the pitch and boosts the available funds over the remainder of the transfer window.
Now Liverpool could be set to lose another experienced star with reports in Spain claiming that Thiago is looking for a new challenge and is trying to get back to his best to potentially move on as he finds himself at a crossroads in his career.
Our thoughts on Thiago’s potential departure…
There is no doubt that an imminent exit from Henderson and Fabinho will considerably weaken the options available in midfield, considering that Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain already left the club upon the expiration of their contracts as well this summer.
Having said that, it would come as no surprise if the club refused to part ways with Thiago at this moment in time, due to the lack of depth in the centre of the pitch, unless they were to find the right replacement for the right price over the next few weeks.
Since the news broke that Henderson and Fabinho could be on the move, Liverpool have been linked with a number of midfield replacements with the likes of Cheick Doucoure, Joao Palhinha and Romeo Lavia named as potential reinvestment options, according to The Athletic.
However, nothing has been set in stone yet and no concrete offers have been made to acquire the services of any known transfer targets so, at the time of writing, the Merseysiders are still without a defensive midfield replacement should Fabinho depart in the coming days and weeks.
Thiago quickly became a fan favourite when he joined in 2020 from Bayern Munich, with his world-class passing range and silky movement capturing the hearts of the Anfield faithful, but it is undeniable that the midfielder’s injury record has started to become a real issue.
Since the start of the 2021/22 campaign, the 32-year-old midfield maestro has suffered seven different instances of illness or injury, which has led to being in recovery for 245 days and missing out on 45 fixtures to date, which was ultimately a contributor to Liverpool’s struggles last season in particular.
With all considered, if Liverpool can identify and acquire a worth replacement for Thiago, as well as signing a player to succeed Fabinho, then there is an opportunity to complete a full midfield rebuild this summer and it would then make more sense for the club to sanction a move away for Thiago.