There is a possibility that Liverpool will lose another big player to their European rivals Barcelona as Jurgen Klopp continues his ambitious rebuilding at Anfield.
The summer was a very busy one for the Reds, as they were able to acquire four new midfielders while also selling off some of their most significant players.
James Milner moved to Brighton, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found a new home in Turkey. Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita, Fabinho, and Jordan Henderson all found new homes in Saudi Arabia. Naby Keita also found a new home in Turkey.
The return of Naby Keita to the Bundesliga has been announced.
Despite the recruitment of Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo, and Ryan Gravenberch, there is still a possibility that an additional major player will be leaving the team.
According to ESPN, Thiago Alcantara, who has been away from Barcelona for the past 11 years, is making plans to return to Catalonia during the summer of 2019.
The Spaniard of Italian heritage became the first player to play for Pep Guardiola at two different teams when he moved with his coach from the Camp Nou to Bayern Munich in 2013. At the time, Guardiola was coaching at both clubs.
In 2020, he moved from Bavaria to Merseyside after achieving a Triple that had never been done before under the tutelage of Hansi Flick.
Under Klopp’s tutelage, the progression of Liverpool’s playing style has been greatly influenced by Thiago’s contributions.
The “heavy metal” gegenpress that the German earned his name with in his early years has been phased out by the Reds, and the midfield metronome has helped to usher in a possession-based philosophy at Anfield.
On the other hand, because of his injury, Thiago hasn’t played much recently, and as a result, he’ll be a free agent come next summer.
It will be possible for him to openly negotiate pre-agreements with European parties beginning in January.
Thiago, who is now 32 years old, appeared in the Premier League for Liverpool only 18 times during the previous season, and he hasn’t done so yet in this season.