The extent of Thiago Alcântara’s absence from Liverpool’s games has come to light once again following yet another injury setback.
The Spanish midfielder recently returned to action after spending nearly nine months on the sidelines due to a hip injury. However, his comeback was short-lived as he experienced muscular discomfort during the match against Arsenal.
Thiago has been plagued by various injury issues, including problems with his hamstrings and calves, which have led to prolonged periods on the sidelines. According to data from Transfer Markt, he has missed a total of 101 games for both club and country since joining Liverpool in 2020 for a fee of £20 million.
Despite making 98 appearances for Liverpool, Thiago’s playing time has been significantly impacted by injuries, illnesses such as COVID-19, and various other fitness concerns.
With his contract set to expire in the summer, speculation about Thiago’s future at Anfield is rife. Many Liverpool fans are already advocating for his departure, especially with the club’s midfield undergoing significant changes in recent times.
New signings like Ryan Gravenberch, Alexis Mac Allister, Wataru Endo, and Dominik Szoboszlai have arrived, while established players such as Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Fabinho remain part of the squad.
There is uncertainty surrounding Thiago’s return timeline, and Jürgen Klopp is expected to provide updates on his condition during his pre-Burnley press conference.
Before his brief appearance against Arsenal, Thiago’s last game for Liverpool was as a substitute in a 2-1 victory over West Ham last season.