Thiago Alcântara has only made two appearances since his summer move from Bayern Munich after two months out with a knee injury
Spanish midfielderThiago Alcântara
, who joined Liverpool from Bayern Munich last summer, played just two games for the Reds and then suffered a knee injury and has been sidelined for two months. But he seems to have recovered from the injury and is close to returning. But ahead of today's game against Newcastle, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said it is unlikely Thiago to play.
I like watching all my boys playing and with Thiago, of course he had a few minutes, I would say, until he got injured,
" Klopp said.
"So of course, we are looking forward to that, but I don't know. It's not really likely that he will travel [to Newcastle], let me say it like this.
"He needs a few sessions. He was really out for a long time after a really harsh challenge – that was a proper impact. Nothing ruptured, nothing broken, but that still took time obviously and it still takes time. We cannot rush that; we will not do. So, I don't know."
Jürgen Klopp has previously said that he does not risk Thiago's return and prefers that he be fully prepared.
"Thiago has trained in part with the team so far, but on Friday, he trained the full session,"
he told reporters
. "But it was a reduced session so we couldn't do that [full session].
"He just has to be part of team training [regularly]. It's not about being part of team training one day and then you can play football in the Premier League.
"So, it looks quite promising at the moment but I cannot say more about it, to be honest. I don't know. I think the plan was that if he trains [on Monday] completely normally then we will see."