Thiago Alcantara reacted with disappointment after picking up an injury during Liverpool’s last Premier League game of the season.
That’s according to The Athletic, who report that the Spaniard was ‘disconsolate’ on the bench at Anfield. The injury means he could miss the Champions League final on Saturday.
Thiago will now reportedly undergo a scan to determine whether or not he can be involved for Liverpool.
He had headed straight down the tunnel upon being withdrawn just before half-time. The 31-year-old did return to the bench in the second-half but his frustration was plain to see.
Bad news on a bad day
Thiago’s injury was arguably the worst news on a day when Liverpool’s quadruple dreams went up in smoke. The Premier League title had always looked a long-shot, but a seventh European Cup next week is more than do-able.
Unfortunately, as Jamie Carragher says, Thiago’s Injury means those chances have taken a huge blow. It would be easier to take knowing that Jurgen Klopp has his other first-choice options all available.
But Fabinho’s lack of involvement yesterday suggests he too is still touch-and-go to be ready, despite what he says in the press.
That could mean an unfamiliar looking midfield of James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita start for The Reds in Paris.
It was encouraging that Mohamed Salah looks fit, and Virgil Van Dijk should be fine, too.
The loss of Thiago will sting mightily though. His delightful assist for Sadio Mane to yesterday showed what a difference he makes to this team.
Thiago has had such frustration with fitness since joining Liverpool. It had looked like the Spain international had turned a corner. That he is now surely going to miss the Champions League final will be a huge personal disappointment.
Everything crossed that a scan shows he can make a fast recovery. As Klopp confirmed post-match via The Guardian though, it’s not looking good.