Thiago Alcantara just can’t seem to catch a break since signing for Liverpool from Bayern Munich.

In each of his only two Liverpool appearances to date, a setback has swiftly followed.

The Spanish international tested positive for COVID-19 just days after making his Premier League debut against Chelsea last month.

Having recovered and undergone the appropriate self-isolation period as well as missing two crucial matches against Arsenal and Aston Villa, Thiago was finally back in contention to play.

His return to action against Everton on his full Liverpool debut also ended in heartache after the former Barcelona maestro fell victim to a shocking tackle from Brazilian international Richarlison who was sent off in the process.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool talks to Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool following the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Having hobbled off the pitch at full-time, Klopp wasn’t too optimistic when questioned regarding the Spaniard’s physical condition.

He said:  “When I left the pitch, Thiago told me in the red card situation with Richarlison he thinks he got injured. We will see if it’s true or not, but if he felt like this then we need to have a look.

“We don’t know what he has, it doesn’t look good.”

Following the injury setback, Richarlison has since apologised to the Liverpool midfielder on social media.

It is another setback that also saw Virgil van Dijk withdrawn due to injury after Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s wild tackle escaped censure from referee Michael Oliver and VAR, David Coote.

Both players have since been taken to hospital to undergo scans on potential knee injuries ahead of the trip to Amsterdam to face Ajax in the Champions League next week.

The Reds will continue to monitor and assess the severity of the respective problems as they count the cost from a dramatic afternoon at Goodison Park which saw Liverpool totally absent of any form of lady luck.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT )Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool collides with Everton’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

“It is not good,” Klopp said of Van Dijk’s injury. “Virgil played I don’t know how many games in a row, he plays with pain but he couldn’t play on and that’s not good.”

Klopp will provide a further injury update on both players when he faces the media during his Tuesday evening press conference in Amsterdam.

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