Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed summer signing Thiago Alcantara ‘will take a few weeks’ to recover from a knee injury. The Reds are in the midst of a selection crisis with the Spaniard the latest out for a significant amount of time.
Thiago has impressed this season since joining from Bayern Munich in the summer.
But the central midfielder suffered the knee problem in the closing moments of the Merseyside derby at Everton – the same game Virgil van Dijk got injured and is now ruled out for the majority of the remainder of the season.
Klopp has clarified the injury to Thiago and just how severe it is.
He said: “Thiago we have to maybe clarify it a little bit.
“On that day when Thiago got injured in that challenge in the Everton game, there was another bad injury [to Virgil van Dijk] and after the scans it was like one was really bad news and the other one was really good news because nothing was broken, nothing was ruptured and stuff like this.
“But, as we realise now, it was still a massive impact on the knee.
“The problem is in a situation like that, nothing is ruptured and nothing is broken and that means everybody thinks, ‘OK, you can go after a few days’, but the impact on the leg was that big that it is still not OK.
“It is not massive and he trains from time to time, not in the moment because we just have to realise that we have to go a few further steps.
“I can’t say exactly when he will be fine, but it will take a few weeks still with Thiago.”
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Klopp also gave a more general update on his injuries and who is close to a return at Anfield.
In doing so he ruled James Milner out of the Champions League clash with Ajax tomorrow evening.
He explained: “They are all getting closer to being back, [but] not close enough for tomorrow, I think.
“With Naby we have to check there still, but with the other two, they will not be ready.