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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirms Thiago Alcantara injury blow

Fri 24 September 2021 | 11:28

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that midfielder Thiago Alcantara will be out of action until after the upcoming international break in October.

The Spain international picked up a calf injury during the Reds’ 3-0 victory over

Crystal Palace

at Anfield and is set to miss important Premier League and Champions League games.

Thiago miss his side’s Carabao Cup win against

Norwich City

and Klopp revealed the 30-year-old is also likely to miss Premier League fixtures against 

Brentford

and

Manchester City

along with a Champions League clash with

FC Porto

.

Klopp

told reporters when asked for an update on former

Bayern Munich

man: "It’s not 100 percent clear when Thiago will be back. 

"It’s a muscle in the calf issue, so after the international break probably – I don’t think there’s anything earlier possible. We will have to see."

Klopp has also confirmed that

Naby Keita

’s injury in the Carabao Cup victory over Norwich will keep him on the sidelines for their next game.

He added on the Guinea international midfielder:

"[It’s] nothing really serious, but it keeps him out of the next game for sure - and maybe a little bit longer, we have to see.

"It’s nothing serious but it’s obviously painful and we have to see how we can deal with it.

"Of course, it’s not cool when players have had a good pre-season, could play a lot of games and now are out. That happens throughout a season and hopefully when they come back then that’s it and they can play the rest of the reason, that would be extremely helpful."

While Thiago and Keita will not feature against Brentford on Saturday,

Trent Alexander-Arnold

,

James Milner

, and

Roberto Firmino

are all back in training.

Klopp told

Liverpool's official website

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"Trent was not injured, Trent was a little bit ill. He’s back in training and will be fine.

"James was a similar thing to Trent, so he should be recovered. I saw him running around here, nobody told me differently – I assume he will be in training.

"Bobby trained already for two or three days, so he is back in contention, let me say it like this. We used him a little bit as a ‘joker’ [in training].

"But he will be in the normal training and then we have to make a decision if we take him with us or not. Porto, 100 percent. Brentford, we have to see."


source: SportMob

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