According to a report from Liverpool Echo, it has been suggested that both Juventus and Inter Milan are monitoring Thiago Alcantara’s situation at Liverpool. The Spanish midfielder’s contract at Anfield is nearing its end, which is set to conclude by the season’s close. The report mentions that Inter finds Thiago’s salary expectations ‘alarming,’ while Juventus’s figures are deemed ‘unattainable.’ This opens the door for several speculations regarding Thiago’s future at the Merseyside club.
Thiago’s Challenging Season With Liverpool Last Year
Thiago has faced several difficulties during his tenure with the Reds in the past few years, encountering injury setbacks that limited his impact in the Premier League. The 32-year-old midfielder has struggled with injuries, resulting in only 21 appearances across various competitions last season before succumbing to a pelvic problem that has kept him out of action since April.
Despite these setbacks, Thiago showcased notable abilities, evident in his statistics from the previous campaign. In the Premier League, he averaged 1.2 dribbles, 0.9 shots, 2.4 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, and 0.7 clearances per 90 minutes. Additionally, he exhibited precise midfield distribution, boasting an 86.5% pass completion rate in the English top tier, according to statistics from whoscored.
Will Klopp Offer Him A Contract Extension?
The Reds actively seek midfield reinforcements despite Jurgen Klopp’s signings of Dominik Szoboszlai, Alexis Mac Allister, Ryan Gravenberch, and Wataru Endo during the summer to strengthen the midfield.
Liverpool’s midfield underwent a complete overhaul in the last summer transfer window, seeing Jordan Henderson and Fabinho depart for the Saudi Pro League. However, Thiago remained at Merseyside without any offers to lure him away, sidelined and unable to make an immediate impact. With him being the sole senior midfielder at Anfield, his return to action isn’t anticipated until the start of next year.
Some may doubt his impact upon return, especially as he nears 33. Yet, Thiago holds the potential to become an invaluable mentor and role model for the summer signings, offering crucial guidance and experience as they integrate into the team. Therefore, Klopp should consider extending his stay for another year.