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Barcelona 'targets Liverpool midfielder' with unexpected offer from Hansi Flick

Thiago Alcântara will leave Liverpool as a free agent.
-Credit: (Image: 2024 Liverpool FC)


In the lead-up to Liverpool's last game of the season against Wolves, all of the focus and attention was naturally on Jürgen Klopp and his final game as manager of the Reds. After nine years at the club, Klopp announced earlier in the year that he was to walk away from Liverpool in order to take a much-needed break.

Therefore, the game against Wolves descended into an emotionally charged day, with fans showing their appreciation to Klopp for everything he'd done and achieved at the club over the last decade. It would have gone under the radar slightly, but it was also Thiago Alcântara's last appearance at Anfield as a Liverpool player.

Thiago's contract is running down after four injury-hit years in England. A contract extension was never likely considering the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich star had only played once in the last year. A series of injuries have hampered the Spaniard over the past 12 months, and despite his brilliance with the ball at his feet, his high salary meant Liverpool was never going to offer an extension.

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Now 33, Thiago is set to be a free agent in a matter of weeks, and a report from Spanish source AS states that soon-to-be new Barcelona coach Hansi Flick would like Thiago to return to Camp Nou next season. Thiago, who can speak German in addition to Spanish and his native Portuguese, would be a big help to Flick inside the dressing room.

Thiago would be a part of Flick's backroom staff, but this might hinder any deal, as he wants to continue playing at the highest level. Thiago played for Barcelona between 2009 and 2013, making 101 appearances in all competitions. He then moved to Bayern in the summer of 2013 and stayed in Bavaria for seven years, winning multiple league titles and the Champions League in 2020.

He switched to Liverpool in September 2020, but injuries curtailed most of his time in the Premier League, meaning the midfielder only played 98 times in all competitions for the Reds. His last appearance came against Arsenal in early February. However he suffered a setback, and this kept him out for the remainder of the season.

Both Thiago and Joël Matip will leave the club as free agents at the end of June, with the latter having been out since early December with an ACL injury. The futures of both players are yet to be determined.

Liverpool.com says: Thiago wants to continue playing at the highest level, but whether his body will let him is a different story. His time in England was blighted with injury and while he's an exquisite footballer, he can't be relied on to remain injury-free throughout a season, which is a shame. Given his level as a player and how intelligent he is, working as a coach seems like a logical step.