Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has broken the news that the Reds are set to be without Thiago Alcantara until Christmas – if not January.
The summer signing from Bayern Munich hasn’t played since suffering what his manager described as a “bad injury” against Everton in the Merseyside derby.
Spain international Thiago has been sidelined for six weeks since a shocking challenge from Richardson.
He has done very little work with the first-team since picking up the injury.
Each time he has attempted to return to doing ball work, the knee has flared up.
Subsequently Klopp admitted on Monday that he will not be back for at least “a few weeks.”
Klopp 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 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.”
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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.
Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.
But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.
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Klopp continued: “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.”
Liverpool face Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday night, knowing victory will secure their place in the knockout rounds.
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