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Liverpool have confirmed that Spanish midfield maestro Thiago will be leaving the club at the end of the season, when his contract expires.

He is the second player to officially be announced as departing by Liverpool today, following Joel Matip, with the pair unable to feature regularly this season due to fitness concerns.

“Before he even came to Liverpool I believed that if you really love football it would make a lot of sense if you watched Thiago Alcantara play,” said Jurgen Klopp. “Technically, he is so, so good. A talent who could play in any team in the world and it was a privilege to have him with us.

“I already knew a lot about him as a footballer before he got here – what he did at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, how could you not? – and I could not have been happier when he decided to take on a new challenge with us.

“From that point on I got to see him up close and all I can say is ‘Wow’. Most importantly, he was part of a new story and helped us develop as a team because of his special qualities.

“I know injuries have been a frustration for him and also for us but the level that he was able to play at when he was available was incredible. This is what I will remember.

“Now he will go in a new direction with his family and we can only wish them well. Wherever he plays next I would be happy to watch. An artist of the game who will only ever paint the most beautiful pictures.”

Thiago has also posted his own heartfelt message on social media to the club, thanking them for the journey they have been on together.

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