Liverpool could be forced into Thiago Alcantara change next season as injury blow confirmed - pundit
Liverpool could be forced to limit Thiago Alcantara’s minutes even further in the 2022-23 season as his struggles with injury continue.
That is according to former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, who was speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the instrumental 31-year-old’s future.
Thiago had been called up to represent Spain during this month’s international games, but Liverpool confirmed on 2 June that the midfield star has withdrawn from the squad with a “muscle injury”.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich ace started just 26 games in the 2021-22 season as the Merseysiders lifted the League Cup and FA Cup.
Thiago has two years remaining on his Anfield contract and will be 33 at the time of its expiration.
Campbell suggested the decision to keep Naby Keita at Liverpool could be due to the Spain international’s fitness woes.
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When asked if Thiago’s quality outweighs his struggles with injury, he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think so.
“Liverpool brought him in for a different dimension in that midfield. He’s proved that he can bring that with the way he plays.
“As players start getting a little bit older, the demands of playing in the Premier League and for Liverpool start taking its toll.
“Maybe you have to start being a bit more cautious with players like Thiago. Maybe he can’t play all of those games across every competition.
“That could be why they’re looking to keep Naby Keita at the club.
“It was certainly an unrelenting season for Liverpool in 2021-22.”
A Liverpool source told Football Insider on Friday (10 June) that Jurgen Klopp’s side have opened talks with Keita over what would be a long-term contract extension.
The Reds have moved to end speculation with the midfielder currently having just a year to run on his deal.