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Thiago Alcantara not involved with Liverpool during training

Thiago Alcantara was missing again during Liverpool’s Thursday evening training session as Jurgen Klopp ramped up preparations for Sunday’s match with Manchester City.

Thiago, 29, was the noticeable absentee as the Premier League champions completed their first session since their 5-0 victory against Atalanta on Tuesday night.

The Spanish international hasn’t featured for Liverpool since suffering a knee injury following a nasty challenge from Everton forward Richarlison during the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park last month.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool during the training session at Melwood Training Ground on October 26, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

He completed the match but later had to undergo a scan which has kept him out of action since. Thiago was spotted at Melwood last week doing a one-to-one session with a member of coaching staff although he is yet to resume full training with his teammates.

Liverpool were otherwise at full-strength with the only injury worries long-term absentees such as Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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Joel Matip, who also hasn’t featured since the Merseyside derby three weeks ago was involved and is in contention to start at the Etihad Stadium. He will be battling for a spot in Klopp’s starting XI with Nat Phillips, Rhys Williams and Billy Koumetio who were also in attendance.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 05: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) James Milner and Joel Matip of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on November 05, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 05: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Phillips of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on November 05, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 05: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Billy Koumetio and Takumi Minamino of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on November 05, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool go into the clash top of the league table and five points clear of Pep Guardiola’s Citizens with 16 points from their opening seven matches. A win for Klopp would extend the difference between both title rivals to eight points.

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