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Report: Thiago Alcantara in-line for Liverpool return v Newcastle

According to a new report from Goal, Thiago Alcantara could make his long-awaited Liverpool return against Newcastle United tonight.

Thiago, 29, returned to training last week and has so far shown no adverse reaction. He is still yet to play for Liverpool since the Merseyside derby with Everton on October 17.

The Spanish international has since missed 16 matches as a result of a knee injury that was a consequence of a ‘horror-tackle’ from Richarlison.

If Thiago, who was hailed as world-class by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Goal), is to return against Newcastle at St James’, it will be the perfect way to round-off the year for the English champions.

Liverpool have only been able to get 135 minutes of action out of the £20 million signing from Bayern Munich as of far. He has made just one competitive club start since winning the Champions League final for a second occasion in August.

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However, the expectation is that Klopp will not risk Thiago against the Magpies tonight, with the boss likely to take a side of caution on this particular instance.

The visit to Southampton next Monday is a more likely return date for Thiago’s long-awaited comeback.

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This game has been earmarked as Thiago’s opportunity to prove his fitness to Klopp ahead of what is expected to be a gruelling fixture schedule in the coming weeks.

If he is to feature, it will be from the bench, meaning Klopp will have an array of midfield options at his disposal even if Naby Keita misses out again, as expected.

Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Curtis Jones all started during the 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday – at least one is expected to drop out.

This will leave Klopp with either Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner or Xherdan Shaqiri to choose from, as well as Thiago.

A small cameo off the bench could be beneficial for Thiago but the notion of a start would be a little premature given he has failed to make a Liverpool match-day squad in over two months.

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