Jurgen Klopp has revealed that the extent of Thiago Alcantara’s injury is still very-much unknown after the Liverpool manager claimed that nobody at the club is ‘exactly sure’ on the severity of the problem.
Thiago, 29, has been out for the best part of two weeks after the Spaniard fell victim to a horror-challenge from Everton’s Richarlison, who subsequently was sent off for the incident.
It was the former Barcelona maestro’s full-Liverpool debut since he completed a £25 million [BBC] move from Bayern Munich last month. Thiago has been limited to just two appearances in that time and has missed six of the Reds’ eight matches following his arrival.
Since the 2-2 draw with Everton, Thiago has missed Liverpool’s previous three matches across Europe and the domestic league while whether he is fit enough to be in contention to feature against West Ham on Saturday remains to be seen.
Klopp confirmed that Thiago had returned to Melwood on Tuesday to begin individual training as part of his recovery process although the Liverpool boss couldn’t put a time frame on his return to the first team.
As per The Mail, Klopp said: “You saw the incident with Thiago, we’re not exactly sure as nothing was broken but it needs time to settle. Nobody can tell us exactly how long.
“He’s desperate to make the next steps, if he will be ready for tomorrow we will see.”
The fact that Klopp is refusing to rule out Thiago of the clash with West Ham is good news as the German manager isn’t one to tempt fate if the medical department felt he wasn’t ready to return to competitive action.
However, if club officials are still not 100 per cent sure about the injury itself, rushing the Spanish international back could have negative ramifications.
As to team selection, it is likely that Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson will be partnered together as a two-man midfield with the likes of Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita all fitness concerns heading into the clash.
Klopp certainly sought an element of surprise by ditching his usual 4-3-3 system for a 4-2-3-1 formation in the previous week’s hard-fought win over Sheffield United. This is something that could be repeated against West Ham.
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