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Thiago Alcantara at Liverpool – “Tough times”, Gini Wijnaldum exit and new role

Liverpool signed Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich on this day in 2020, and the Spaniard is targeting trophy success as he enters his second season under Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool signed Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich on September 18, 2020, on a four-year deal as Jurgen Klopp bolstered his midfield ranks for the 2020/21 season.

Thiago was one of three summer signings for Klopp that summer, as Kostas Tsimikas and Diogo Jota also arrived at Anfield alongside the two-time Champions League winner.

The Spaniard boasts an incredible record of winning the league title in all but two of his professional seasons since joining Barcelona’s first team in 2008, dominating Spain and Germany throughout his career.

One of those failed title charges was in his debut season at Liverpool, and the midfielder will be keen to set things straight as Thiago has never missed out on the league title in successive seasons.

Here, Mirror Football take a look at Thiago’s impact at Liverpool…

Thiago’s Liverpool career so far



Thiago Alcantara endured a tricky debut season at Liverpool
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Thiago’s endured a difficult first season at Liverpool, after missing the majority of the first three months of his spell in Merseyside.

The Spaniard’s debut came against Chelsea just days after he was signed, and was influential as Liverpool beat The Blues 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, but then the midfielder contracted coronavirus.

Thiago then sustained a knee injury after his first game back from illness, but finally became a regular throughout 2021.









Klopp has clearly been careful with Thiago, who is world-class when the ball is at his feet, but following a torrid season of injuries and absences, the German is using his talented midfielder sparingly.

Thiago reflected on his first year in England and told Liverpool’s official website: “Well, I don’t know if I’d count it as a year of experience in England as, due to COVID, everything has been closed, so we’ve not been able to enjoy being in the country too much in that sense.

“I’ve had a year to experience how competitive the game is and the speed of play. As is always the case when you’re adapting, it has been a good year but at the start I had tough times. I feel that I’ve overcome those now and I’m looking forward to this season.”

Influence since Gini Wijnaldum left



Gini Wijnaldum left Liverpool to join Paris Saint Germain this summer
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Georginio Wijnaldum was a fan favourite at Liverpool but left on a free transfer this summer after failing to agree a new contract at Anfield.

Alongside Fabinho and Jordan Henderson in a midfield three, both Wijnaldum and Thiago operated as Liverpool’s pivot in the heart of the team, providing creativity for the dangerous front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino/Jota.

Although the Dutchman will be missed on Merseyside, Thiago offers a differential within the Liverpool midfield due to his array of passing ability and proven vision, and the Spaniard assisted his first Premier League goal last weekend against Leeds United.

It is likely that Thiago will be more of a consistent starter this season due to the absence of Wijnaldum, and the experienced 30-year-old will have more responsibility on his shoulders for the year ahead as he targets trophy success with his new side.

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Can he assist a title challenge?



Thiago celebrates Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Leeds United at Elland Road
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Thiago is a born winner and has won the league title in 11/13 seasons with Barcelona and Bayern, and has never gone two years without winning the top-flight.

Liverpool have made an unbeaten start to the Premier League, taking ten points from a possible twelve, and Klopp’s side look the real deal once more.

Thiago has expressed his desire to win this season, as he said: “I have the same feeling I’ve had in every team I’ve played, which is to aim as high as possible.

“That means to win every competition possible: the league, Champions League and the cup competitions too. That’s always been the objective. I’d say there’s no difference between this year, last year and the one before that.

“We want to win everything and have that hunger to not just win every competition but to win every game.”

Thiago will certainly be influential in any title challenge that Liverpool may mount this season, and the Spaniard’s experience will be valuable during the difficult moments that any eventual champions face throughout the course of a campaign.


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