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Liverpool open talks with Thiago over contract extension

Liverpool have opened talks with Thiago over a contract extension at the club, according to a new update regarding his future at Anfield.

The 32-year-old joined the Reds back in 2020, arriving as an extremely exciting signing who had just won the Champions League with Bayern Munich.

In truth, Thiago’s time as a Liverpool player has been frustrating, however, with injuries rather predictably holding him back too often, limiting him to just 97 appearances over the past three years.

The Spaniard is out of contract on Merseyside at the end of this season, at which point the Reds must decide whether to offer him a new deal or let him leave on a free transfer.

According to Football Insider, Liverpool are in talks with Thiago about an extension at the club beyond 2024:

“Liverpool have opened talks with Thiago Alcantara over his future at the club, sources have told Football Insider. The parties are in discussions with his contract at Anfield set to expire at the end of the season.

“However, it is believed negotiations with Thiago’s representatives over a renewal are not advanced at this stage. Liverpool are keen to see an improvement in the Spaniard’s availability and appearance record before making an offer to the 32-year-old.”

Our verdict on Thiago’s potential contract extension…

Opinion is likely to be divided when it comes to Thiago’s Liverpool future, with some feeling that it is pointless keeping hold of an injury-prone player, especially one who is earning high wages.

On the flip side, the midfielder remains an influential figure when he is available, dictating matches in the middle of the park and breaking the lines like few others in the Premier League.

His experience and winning mentality are also arguably a key part of Liverpool’s dressing room – he won seven Bundesliga titles during his time with Bayern – so the positives could outweigh the negatives with regards to him staying put.

A short-term contract would make the most sense, perhaps for just a year, allowing Thiago to almost be something of a luxury player, making an impact when fit, but also likely being sidelined through injury fairly often.

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