Jurgen Klopp has confirmed supporters worst fears following the news that Thiago Alcantara will not be in contention to feature against Manchester City on Sunday.
Thiago, 29, was the noticeable absentee from Liverpool’s first-team training session at Melwood on Thursday night.
The Spaniard, who was left out of his national team’s squad for the November internationals, 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.
Thiago did see out the remainder of the match before undergoing a scan later that evening. He was involved in a one-on-one session with coaching staff earlier in the week but has yet to return to full training with his teammates.
The injury has has meant Thiago has missed all three of the Reds’ Champions League matches thus, far as well as Premier League bouts with Sheffield United and West Ham.
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Inevitably, the writing was on the wall from the moment the former Bayern Munich star was absent from yesterday’s session at Melwood and Klopp has since revealed that Sunday’s match with City comes too soon for Thiago.
Speaking during his Friday afternoon press conference, he said: “No, Thiago is probably not ready to return. No surgery needed but it was still an injury and with this type you look day to day. When he has no problems any more then he can train. That’s not the case yet with Thiago.”
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