Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara faces as much as six weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury picked up in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Fulham. Jurgen Klopp would not have been joyful along with his side’s begin to the Premier League season at Craven Cottage, and Thiago’s impending absence is a fresh blow.
The Athletic report Thiago is predicted to be out of motion until mid-September after he limped off early within the second half at Saturday lunchtime. And a scan since has revealed the injury could leave Klopp without considered one of his most influential players for as many as six games.
Based on the present timescale of the 31-year-old’s recovery, he looks set to miss fixtures against Crystal Palace, Manchester United, AFC Bournemouth, Newcastle United, Everton and Wolves. It is a nightmare scenario for Klopp, who’s already missing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones through injury.
The German coach was also without Naby Keita for the 2022/23 league opener in west London as a result of illness, but he’ll return to contention for Monday’s Anfield return against Crystal Palace. Regardless, Thiago’s continued injury woe is an unwanted hitch early doors on this season’s title race, with Manchester City already boasting a two-point advantage.
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The Spain international’s ill-timed absence has prompted many fans to clamour Liverpool for further transfer activity to recruit a midfielder before the September 1 deadline. Nevertheless, Klopp indicated the club were waiting for the appropriate player moderately than a fast fix amid strong links to Jude Bellingham, who’s staying at Borussia Dortmund this season.
He said: “A transfer must make sense now and within the long-term. We now have eight midfielders. We still have enough midfielders. It isn’t that we lack midfielders; it’s just a few of them are injured. This is not a very good situation; I don’t love it in any respect. We now have to see how we react on that, but needless to say, not panic.”
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