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Liverpool Star Is Dreaming Of A Return To Barcelona: Should Xavi Move In For Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Sport mentioned that Liverpool star Thiago Alcantara is dreaming of a return to Barcelona. It has been stated that the Spanish midfielder is thinking of a potential move to the Catalan club but the Reds plan to retain him beyond this summer.

Thiago’s Up-And-Down Season In The Premier League

Thiago had a campaign of mixed emotions at Anfield as he missed a lot of games due to injury but managed to put in a handful of influential displays at the heart of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. The 32-year-old made 28 appearances for the Reds last season, picking up one assist on all fronts.

The Spanish talent was a decent performer in both halves based on his average of 2.4 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 0.7 clearances, 0.6 shots, 0.9 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He was even excellent when distributing possession from midfield after completing 86.5% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the Merseyside club will run out at the end of next season. Hence, Barca could potentially sign him on the cheap this summer.

Thiago Alcantara
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 26: Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool shoots at goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool FC at London Stadium on April 26, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Should Barcelona Boss Xavi Move In For Thiago?

Thiago has got a wealth of experience under his belt. He remains an elite passer of the ball and can create some decent plays for others around him.

The Spaniard can get stuck in with some solid tackles to make life tough for the opposition in the middle of the park.

Thiago mainly functions as a box-to-box midfielder but can also operate as a holding midfielder or play in the number ten position if needed. He is a technically gifted footballer who knows Barcelona quite well from his previous spell at the Catalan club.

Thus, it makes sense for Barca boss Xavi to move in for Thiago during this summer transfer window. He has what it takes to enhance the quality of the Catalan club‘s midfield. At 32, the Spanish sensation might still have a couple of years left in him to play at a high level.

Thiago will also serve as a perfect replacement for Sergio Busquets at the Nou Camp. All in all, the Liverpool midfield ace would be a great signing for Barcelona if they can sign him on a cut-price deal in this off-season.

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