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Liverpool star Thiago Alcantara brushes off Barcelona transfer rumours


Liverpool star Thiago Alcantara has been linked with Barcelona (Picture: Getty)

Thiago Alcantara has distanced himself from speculation he could be set for a move to Barcelona, insisting he remains fully ‘focussed’ on improving and winning trophies at Liverpool.

The 30-year-old has endured a torrid time with his fitness since swapping Bayern Munich for Anfield just over a year ago, with a knee injury ruling him out of action for several months and hampering his progress last season.

Jurgen Klopp has been patient with Thiago’s recovery, though, and the midfielder has shown glimpses of his undoubted quality this term, making eight appearances in all competitions for the Reds.

However, there have been persistent rumours linking Thiago with a return to Barcelona throughout his stay on Merseyside, eight years after the Spain international left his boyhood team.

Xavi taking charge of the Catalan giants has only intensified talk of a possible reunion, with the newly-appointed Barca boss reportedly asking the club to bring his former team-mate back to the Camp Nou.

Pressed on the speculation linking him with Barca ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Porto, Thiago told reporters: ‘As I always have been I am a guy who plays football and I am not concerned about the rumours.

‘I’m focussed on the duty that I have with my team, the years that that I have under contract with my team and I just want to know about this new adventure that I have here in the Premier League.

‘I’m trying to win all the trophies I can and my compromise is maximum with this team.’

Thiago impressed against Arsenal last weekend (Picture: Getty)

Thiago shone in Liverpool’s comprehensive 4-0 victory over Arsenal at the weekend and the Spaniard is keen to contribute as much as possible over the coming weeks and months to banish the memory of such a frustrating debut season.

‘I think it was very interrupted this first year with Liverpool because of the Covid situation and because of injury, but then I had a quick adaptation in the team in the league,’ he added.

‘We struggled last season for many reasons and in this year it’s even much better with the team-mates, the runs they make, how they prefer to receive the ball, how they defend and attack.

‘I’m open to helping the team in different ways as the coach wants and as my team-mates want so for me the most important thing is for me to be able to help the team to try to win as we want to win.’

Thiago could be forgiven for having doubts about his move to England during his spell on the sidelines, but the Spaniard is adamant he has never questioned his decision to join Liverpool.

‘One hundred per cent I made the right choice, the right move,’ he added.

‘You never know because at the end injuries is what stops your frequency to play to know much more how your team performs on the pitch because at the end you can watch football every time and the theories are awesome but the practice is even better.

‘I don’t know, I hate that injuries and it’s a pity that football has this, but it’s our job and it’s a part of life and when we are fit we just have to produce as high performances as we can.’


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