Liverpool managed to preserve their unbeaten run across all competitions in midweek with a dramatic 3-2 win over Atletico Madrid, setting them up nicely for their next Premier League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
However, things aren’t all positive at the Merseyside club, with one important squad figure set to miss the match against the Red Devils.
According to journalist David Maddock (via Anfield Edition) it has been reported prior to Jurgen Klopp’s press conference ahead of the match against United that Reds midfielder Thiago Alcantara will not be ready to face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on Sunday, although the German is hopeful that the 30-year-old be able to resume training at some point next week.
The Spaniard has missed Liverpool’s three previous Premier League fixtures with a calf injury, which should now be a big concern for everyone at the club.
The Reds signed Thiago back in the 2020 summer transfer window from Bayern Munich on a four-year deal for a reported fee of £20m. Since then, the 30-year-old – who is currently valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt – has made 35 appearances for the club across all competitions, chipping in with one goal and one assist in the process.
So far this season, Thiago has made four appearances for Liverpool in the Premier League, registering his first assist for the club whilst racking up an average of 1.3 shots and 1.5 aerial duels won per game, showing how useful a midfield asset he is for the Reds in a defensive and attacking sense. Only three team-mates have won more headers per match than the 30-year-old in 2021/22.
That shows why he will be a big miss for the club on Sunday and why Klopp will undoubtedly be gutted to see him ruled out once more through injury.
As well as his unfortunate calf issue, Thiago has also suffered numerous other injuries throughout his career, including a knee injury which kept him out of action for more than two months last season.
Looking ahead to Sunday’s match, if both Thiago and Jones are unavailable to play, Klopp will need to make use of the other midfield options he has at his disposal such as Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – who all featured in midweek – to try and keep their unbeaten streak going. It’s not ideal heading to a venue where, despite victory in May, they have found it hard to win in recent years.