Liverpool have announced that Thiago Alcantara will miss his anticipated pre-season debut against Bologna on Thursday with a ‘minor injury’.
Thiago joined Liverpool’s pre-season training camp last week after an extended break following his participation in the European Championships with Spain. However Jurgen Klopp has indicated the player is still carrying an injury from the summer tournament.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “Thiago came here with a slight issue. He has three weeks off and the slight issue is still [there], which he was feeling.
“We don’t take any risks. He’s part of parts of training and in these little things he looks great, but it’s more the longer distances where he struggles slightly.
“We have to make sure that will be sorted and we are on it. I think he will be in next week, [at the] latest, in full training.”
Given Thiago’s injury issues last season, fans have taken to Twitter to express their concerns.
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Fans are already desperate for midfield reinforcements and further injury concerns will not alleviate any concerns.
Thiago only managed 24 league games last season minimising his impact on the season. The Spaniard would suffer a challenge by Richarlison causing him to miss several months with a knee injury despite being able to finish the game against Everton.
Given this and the injury record of other midfielders, fans are understandably concerned that injuries will derail another season after last years campaign.