Thiago Alcântara arrived at Liverpool after having won the Champions League with Bayern Munich last season.

The midfielder was instrumental in helping Hansi Flick’s side win the treble, but has failed to replicate the same form for the Reds.

Liverpool have struggled as a team over the last two months and the 29-year-old’s dip in form has been blamed as one the reasons for the Merseyside club’s poor run. It was even suggested the Spain international’s signing ‘looks like a failure’.

Sky Deutschland have now joined the chorus to state Thiago has ‘rarely been able to convince’ at Anfield.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has now revealed Thiago’s exit has been a “great loss”, both personally and sporting wise.

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“He hugged me for five minutes and cried,” Rummenigge told Sky 90, when revealing details of the midfielder’s emotional farewell.

Rummenigge’s comments and the former Barcelona man’s failure to shine at Liverpool has seen Bayern legend Lothar Matthäus urge the Bundesliga giants to bring the player back to the club.

“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,” Matthäus said.

“Anyone who says goodbye to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge so emotionally, the door is certainly never completely closed.”

Thiago, meanwhile, made his first Champions League appearance for Liverpool in their 2-0 win over RB Leipzig on Tuesday.