Thiago has a new injury that rules him out of Liverpool’s friendlies this week. It’s a reminder of how important Curtis Jones will be this season.
Liverpool confirmed on Wednesday that Thiago has a new injury. A new injury for the club, anyway. The Spaniard apparently showed up with a problem three weeks ago, went on holiday, and it still hasn’t gone away.
Honestly, it doesn’t sound too serious. Jurgen Klopp insists it’s just a case of not taking any chances – but the problem does need to improve.
Thiago will miss both friendlies with Bologna on Thursday and we imagine he’s a slight doubt to face Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. It’s not ideal.
Especially with just 10 days before the new Premier League season. Thiago won’t have anything like a full pre-season ahead of that one.
And with this injury comes a reminder of just how important Curtis Jones will be this season.
Thiago battles new injury
Injuries aren’t a new problem for Thiago and while this one doesn’t sound serious, Liverpool should expect them.
Unfortunately, they also have to expect injuries for Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita. All three have also consistently had issues.
That leaves three midfielders: Fabinho, James Milner and Jones.
Fabinho plays a different role to everyone else, though, and can’t really cover anyone. Milner is now 35 and not capable of playing every week.
That leaves Jones, who appears ready to step into the Gini Wijnaldum role. Not just as a similar player but as Liverpool’s go-to, reliable midfielder.
Wijnaldum was the only senior midfielder who didn’t suffer injury issues last season. His departure leaves Liverpool light in that regard and there is a risk of injury problems.
But in Jones, Liverpool have someone who has stayed consistently fit. He’s also a player who comes very close to doing the things Wijnaldum did.
Thiago’s injury is a reminder of the role Jones has to play next season. Liverpool need him to be reliable, consistent and above all, available.
He’s a player Jurgen Klopp believes has ‘exceptional potential’ and this is perhaps how he best shows it. If Jones proves he can be a player Liverpool rely on in all senses, this year could be the making of him.