KEY POINTS

  • Thiago Alcantara joined Liverpool on a four-year deal
  • He won 17 trophies with Bayern Munich
  • He is yet to score or provide an assist at Liverpool

Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus has urged the German champions to re-sign Thiago Alcantara, who currently plays for Liverpool FC in the Premier League.

After spending seven successful seasons at Bayern Munich, Alcantara moved to Liverpool in the summer of 2020. Alcantara, who joined Liverpool on a $35 million transfer, was the Reds’ main acquisition and a statement set by the Premier League champions for the current campaign.

However, things did not go according to the plan for both Alcantara and Liverpool. A positive coronavirus test and an injury picked during the Merseyside derby in October meant Alcantara made only three appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side in 2020.

His return to action, unfortunately, coincided with Liverpool’s drop in form, which has seen the Reds fall out of the 2020-21 Premier League title race. Overall, in his debut season at Liverpool, Alcantara has played 14 matches so far, but is yet to score or provide an assist. That has led to questions about whether Alcantara suits Klopp’s style of play at Anfield.

Keeping that in mind, Matthaus, who played for Bayern from 1992 to 2000, has suggested the Bundesliga club should bring Alcantara back to Allianz Arena. The central midfielder moved from FC Barcelona to Bayern Munich ahead of the 2013-14 campaign, and went on to have a magnificent spell at the Munich-based club, winning 17 trophies, while individually chipping in with 31 goals and 37 assists.

Even though Bayern Munich have not struggled without Alcantara, Matthaus has claimed that the Spaniard’s absence is felt.

"How about Bayern bring Thiago back to Munich? He’s not getting on at Liverpool and in Munich, he is missed by Hansi Flick and the fans. Anyone who says goodbye to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge so emotionally, the door is certainly never completely closed," Matthaus told Sky Deutschland in an interview.

Thomas Muller, Thiago Alcantara Thomas Muller and Thiago Alcantara celebrate during the first half of Bayern Munich's clash with Porto. Photo: Reuters

While Bayern had offered Alcantara an extension, the 29-year-old wanted to look for a new challenge after a long stint in the German capital. Bayern's CEO Rummenigge had even described Alcantara’s emotional departure as a "great loss," according to Sports Witness.