Players - Thiago Alcantara

Thiago Alcantara
Birthdate: 11 April 1991
Birthplace: San Pietro Vernotico, Italy
Nationality: Spain
Other clubs: Barcelona (2005-13), Bayern Munich (2013-20)
Bought from: Bayern Munich
Signed for LFC: £27.4m, 18.09.2020
International debut: 10.08.2011 vs. Italy
International caps: 46/2 (7/0 at LFC - 06.07.2021)
Liverpool debut: 20.09.2020
Last appearance: 13.09.2022
Debut goal: 08.05.2021
Last goal: 27.11.2021
Contract expiry: 30.06.2024
Win ratio: 67.12% W:49 D:11 L:13
Games/assists ratio: 14.6
Honours: FA Cup 2022
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 2 / 0
League games / goals / assists: 50 / 2 / 4
Total games / goals / assists: 73 / 3 / 5

Player Profile

As Liverpool confirmed the signing of Naby Keita in 2017, Jürgen Klopp expressed his delight: "I’ve got lots of contacts in Germany and I’ve never got so many congratulations messages after we signed him. He is the best player in the league. Last year together with Thiago Alcantara they were the best in the league." Three years later, Klopp is able to pick Keita and Thiago side by side for the champions of England. Thiago's artistry on the field well as his talent for recovering the ball and transitioning play from defence to attack in an instant is a potent weapon for Liverpool to have. He will be able to fit seamlessly into the English league relying on his experience playing 336 games at the very top for Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Thiago has also excelled for the Spanish national team, representing not his country of birth, Italy, nor the homeland of his parents, Brazil, but the country where he became a professional footballer and received his education at the famed La Masia. Thiago's father, Mazinho, has 35 caps for Brazil and his brother, Rafinha, at Barcelona, has earned two caps for Brazil as well.

 

 
When Pep Guardiola took over Bayern in 2013, he had one request: "I spoke to the club and told them about my concept and told them why I want Thiago. He is the only player that I want. It will be him or no one." Thiago followed his mentor to Germany where he won the Bundesliga in each of his seven seasons and lifted the Champions League trophy in his final game. Hansi Flick, Bayern's coach wished Thiago well for his new adventure and confirmed his high status and popularity: "It was very emotional as we said goodbye. I can only congratulate Liverpool as they got a great player and especially a great person. Thiago gave the team a lot of options and made us unpredictable, he solved things in ways you don’t expect." Thiago's unpredictability will be an important asset for Klopp to have as their rivals try to dethrone the champions. Thiago made his first appearance in a red shirt at Chelsea on 20th September 2020, coming on as a half time substitute for the injured Jordan Henderson. The following week, he made his first start at Everton but was injured and remained out for three months. After he returned, there was a difficult couple of months as the team struggled but as the season went on his quality became apparent. He scored his first goal for the club against Southampton in a 2-0 victory at Anfield on 8th May.  
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 50 6 0 16 1 73
2020-2021 24 2 0 4 0 30
2021-2022 25 4 0 10 0 39
2022-2023 1 0 0 2 1 4
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
4 343 Everton
4 341 Manchester United
4 330 Manchester City
4 230 Chelsea
4 220 Burnley
4 196 Newcastle United
4 175 Aston Villa
3 264 Arsenal
3 248 Leeds United
3 239 Southampton
3 203 Wolves
3 155 Real Madrid
2 170 Villarreal
2 168 Tottenham
2 163 Leicester City
2 152 Crystal Palace
2 151 Inter Milan
2 143 Red Bull Leipzig
2 115 Brighton & Hove Albion
2 112 West Ham United
2 93 Benfica
1 90 Watford
1 90 Ajax
1 90 WBA
1 76 Sheffield United
1 63 Porto
1 51 Fulham
1 31 Atletico Madrid
1 28 Napoli
1 28 Norwich City
1 26 Nottingham Forest
1 19 AC Milan
1 12 Cardiff City
Total Started/substitutions
52 Started
2 On the bench
21 Substitute
31 Substituted
Total Venue
36 Away
35 Home
2 Neutral
Total Competition
50 Premier League
16 Champions League
6 FA Cup
1 Community Shield
Total W D L Win % Manager
73 49 11 13 67.1% Jürgen Klopp
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 2 0 0 1 0 3
2020-2021 1 0 0 0 0 1
2021-2022 1 0 0 1 0 2
2022-2023 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Opponent
2 Southampton
1 Porto
Total Started/substitutions
3 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
2 Premier League
1 Champions League
Total Goal minute period
1 31-45 minutes
1 46-60 minutes
1 76-90 minutes
Total Goal origin
3 Open play
Assists per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 4 1 0 0 0 5
2020-2021 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021-2022 4 1 0 0 0 5
2022-2023 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's assists
Total Competition
4 Premier League
1 FA Cup
Total For player
3 Sadio Mané
1 Diogo Jota
1 Luis Diaz
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 20.09.2020 Chelsea Stamford Bridge League
50 23.02.2022 Leeds United Anfield League
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 90 08.05.2021 Southampton Anfield League
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Barcelona B 2008-2009 Spain 3 25 0 25 0
Barcelona 2008-2009 Spain 1 1 0 1 0
Barcelona B 2009-2010 Spain 3 13 2 18 3
Barcelona 2009-2010 Spain 1 1 1 2 1
Barcelona B 2010-2011 Spain 2 11 0 11 0
Barcelona 2010-2011 Spain 1 12 2 16 3
Barcelona 2011-2012 Spain 1 27 2 45 4
Barcelona 2012-2013 Spain 1 27 2 36 3
Bayern Munich 2013-2014 Germany 1 16 2 25 3
Bayern Munich 2014-2015 Germany 1 7 0 13 2
Bayern Munich 2015-2016 Germany 1 27 2 42 4
Bayern Munich 2016-2017 Germany 1 27 6 41 9
Bayern Munich 2017-2018 Germany 1 19 2 32 7
Bayern Munich 2018-2019 Germany 1 30 2 42 3
Bayern Munich 2019-2020 Germany 1 24 3 40 3
Total 267 26 389 45