Thiago Alcantara has admitted that the 2022/23 season has not been as good for him personally or for Liverpool as he had hoped, and he has attributed that in part to the agonizing way their previous campaign ended.
Liverpool went through this season narrowly winning an unprecedented quadruple in 2021/22. The Reds won two domestic cups but finished one point behind Manchester City in the Premier League, in addition to losing the Champions League final to Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Thiago was hoping to establish himself as one of the best midfielders in England after enjoying a solid season.
However, things did not go as planned on either front, as the team finished ninth in the league after 19 games and Thiago felt he was not performing as well as before.
He remains optimistic the season is still going well thanks to the cup successes, but admits he and his team mates have been affected by the pain they endured last May.
“Now we are in our reality where we have to play game after game. Trying to add those three points will help us be as high as possible. Our target is the next game. It’s not about being in the top four or being in the Europa League. We’re thinking Only in the next match.
“Absolutely,” he added regarding whether the past season affected the team. “It’s not just about the physical. It’s also a psychological thing. We were so close to winning everything. We just touched him but he went too far.
“Last season I had one of the greatest seasons of my life. This season isn’t one of the best, but it doesn’t matter. It’s a season, it’s a challenge. I think we’ve got high quality and great guys to solve it and we’re going to do it.”