MX23RW : Sunday, January 24 18:40:53| >> :120:16626:16626:

Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara set to remain sidelined until 2021

Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara set to remain sidelined until 2021
© Reuters
Spain international has made two appearances so far.

Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara's recovery from a knee problem is likely to keep him out until January.

The Spain international has not played since last month's Merseyside derby when he was injured in a tackle which saw Everton forward Richarlison sent off.

While he has trained on a couple of occasions, the new signing is not currently ready to join in sessions and the PA news agency understands it will be early January before he is fit to play.

However, there has been no setback and no surgery is required but it has meant Thiago has played just 45 minutes at Chelsea and 90 minutes against Everton.

"Thiago we have to maybe clarify it a little bit," said manager Jurgen Klopp.

"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."

Klopp will again have to juggle his limited resources – midfielder Naby Keita has a chance of being fit but Trent Alexander-Arnold is still a little way from being ready – for the Champions League visit of Ajax.

A draw will be enough for Liverpool to qualify for the knockout stage, by virtue of a better head-to-head against both the Dutch side and Atalanta, and mean next month's match against Midtjylland will be of less significance and Klopp could rest players.

"I actually don't see it in that perspective. That would mean I could count on the points already," said Klopp.

"We deal with the situation how it is. Three points would be great, absolutely great, and it is so clear it would help us massively but I didn't think I'd have to mention it.

The club are to submit a delayed planning application for the redevelopment of the Anfield Road stand
The club are to submit a delayed planning application for the redevelopment of the Anfield Road stand (Credit: Liverpool FC)

"It is an important game against a really good team, that's the way we want to approach it."

The club will this week submit a planning application to Liverpool City Council for the proposed expansion of its Anfield Road Stand.

Plans for the submission – to increase capacity by 7,000 to over 61,000 – were paused in spring this year due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the application, the club is also seeking permanent permission to hold concerts and major events at the Stadium.

ID:424499:cQx

Click here for more stories about Thiago Alcantara

Click here for more stories about Liverpool

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Manchester City players celebrate Phil Foden's goal against Olympiacos in the Champions League on November 25, 2020
Read Next:
An in-depth look at English teams' Champions League opponents
>
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Championship
FA Cup
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Scottish League Cup
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Eerste Divisie
Brasileiro
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
Australian A-League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
Women's Super League
African Nations Championship
NFL
8.05pm
Buccaneers
@
Packers
11.40pm
Bills
@
Chiefs
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester UnitedMan Utd19124336251140
2Manchester CityMan City18115231131838
3Leicester CityLeicester19122535211438
4Liverpool1997337221534
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs1896333171633
6Everton1710252821732
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham199552722532
8Aston Villa1792631181329
9Chelsea1985633231029
10Southampton188552621529
11Arsenal198382319427
12Leeds UnitedLeeds187293034-423
13Crystal Palace196582233-1123
14Wolverhampton WanderersWolves196492129-822
15Burnley185491022-1219
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle1954101832-1419
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton193882229-717
18Fulham1826101527-1212
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1925121543-2811
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd1912161032-225

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!