Liverpool got their ideal news on Thiago from Spain this week. The midfielder has just returned from his latest injury.
Spain announced their squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers on Friday. And it was good news for Liverpool – Spain didn’t pick Thiago.
The 30-year-old just played his first 31 minutes since September and, thankfully, he’ll stay on Merseyside for the international break.
That gives him his best possible chance of returning to full fitness. That’s something we haven’t actually seen from Thiago at Liverpool.
He played all of last season with a problem, he admitted in the summer. Liverpool, presumably, nursed Thiago through it as there was a desperate need for players.
Thiago then started this campaign with an injury, too. It means he’s only actually started two games this season. Fortunately, that should change soon.
Spain leave out Thiago
Spain leaving out Thiago is wonderful news. Liverpool can let the player breathe after what we predict will be more minutes on Sunday against West Ham.
And that should pay dividends. Post-international break, the Reds head into arguably the most important part of the season. It’s when titles can be won or lost – at the very least, it’s when you set your position in the title race.
Games will come thick and fast come December, putting strain on the squad. Having as many midfielders as possible for that is vital.
After all, Harvey Elliott is already out, Naby Keita can’t stay fit and Jordan Henderson can struggle with too many games. The more numbers, the better.
But Thiago is also something different. Liverpool can completely change their style of play with the Spaniard, making them very difficult to predict.
He also allows Jurgen Klopp to set his team up differently against certain sides. There’s an added luxury to that with rotation, allowing Liverpool to use certain players in certain games, wherever they fit best.
Thiago will be an important player in the winter title charge and Spain leaving him out of their squad sets things up nicely. This is undoubtedly the best news Liverpool could have had for this international break.