In a frustrating turn of events, Liverpool’s midfielder Thiago Alcantara is set for another spell on the sidelines, leaving manager Juergen Klopp expressing his displeasure on Friday. The 32-year-old, who recently returned to the first team after a lengthy absence due to a hip issue since April, suffered a setback with a new muscle injury.
Despite showcasing promise in training and making a late appearance in their 3-1 loss to Arsenal on Sunday, Thiago’s comeback is now put on hold. Klopp, addressing reporters, emphasized the disappointment of the situation, especially given the recent defeat and the absence of key players.
Thiago’s injury adds to Liverpool’s challenges as they gear up for a Premier League clash against Burnley on Saturday, where they will also be without the services of Mohamed Salah and Dominik Szoboszlai. Additionally, Conor Bradley remains unavailable as he continues to be with his family following the recent passing of his father.
Klopp acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding the extent of Thiago’s injury, describing it as “not good news for him or the club.” While assuring that it’s not a major setback, the manager emphasized the untimeliness of the situation, particularly considering the team’s recent loss to Arsenal.
On a somber note, Klopp also highlighted the difficult circumstances surrounding Conor Bradley, whose father, Joe Bradley, passed away three days after the 20-year-old’s standout performance with a goal and two assists in Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over Chelsea on January 31.