Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Thiago Alcantara is still a few weeks away from being able to return to the team from injury.
Thiago has been missing from action since Richarlison’s red card challenge against him in the 2-2 draw with Everton in October. Klopp says that they initially thought he would be fine after a few days, but the impact Thiago suffered on his leg means that he needs more time to recover.
Speaking to Liverpool’s website, Klopp provided an update on the Spaniard’s situation. “On that day when Thiago got injured in that challenge in the Everton game, there was another bad injury [to Virgil van Dijk] and after the scans it was like one was really bad news and the other one was really good news because nothing was broken, nothing was ruptured and stuff like this.
“But, as we realise now, it was still a massive impact on the knee. The problem is in a situation like that, nothing is ruptured and nothing is broken and that means everybody thinks, ‘OK, you can go after a few days’, but the impact on the leg was that big that it is still not OK.
“It is not massive and he trains from time to time, not in the moment because we just have to realise that we have to go a few further steps. I can’t say exactly when he will be fine, but it will take a few weeks still with Thiago.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
After signing from Bayern Munich for £20m, Liverpool fans could be forgiven for getting excited about the prospect of watching Thiago play for the club. This is a player who has won multiple titles with Bayern and Barcelona, along with a Champions League for each club, and played regularly for Spain over the years, so he came in with a high pedigree and, perhaps, a degree of expectation given the quality he has shown at his previous clubs.
Now it appears as though Liverpool fans might not get to see him have a significant run of games until early 2021 at the earliest, with Klopp suggesting that the midfielder could be back in training towards the end of December. This is a real shame, for the player, the club and potentially the fans, especially with 2,000 set to return against Wolves next week.
Thiago has already shown a glimpse of what he is capable of, recording an impressive 7.26 WhoScored rating against Everton in the game he was injured in. Hopefully, Thiago will be able to show more of that when he eventually returns and keep himself fit to have a proper run in the team this season.