Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has continued to be less than forthcoming about the fitness of midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
The Spaniard injured his knee in the Merseyside derby in October and he has spent the last month on the sidelines, and when asked about the injury, Klopp said the player is not back in team training and he is unsure as to when he may return:
“Thiago is not in team training yet. When will he be in team training? I don’t know. We will see. I’m as surprised as the public. In the morning I come in, we have a medical meeting and they tell me ‘yes he is in, he is not’. I know it’s not too far anymore (for Thiago), but I have no idea.”
Supporters on Twitter were not particularly pleased with Klopp’s answer on Thiago, with some even believing that the Reds are hiding a major injury:
Not too far FC
— Harrison (@horrasin) November 23, 2020
He definitely had a fracture or something in his leg. Club kept it quiet
— Kizz (@Kizzster) November 23, 2020
What sort of answer is that
— Craig (@CraigYB1989) November 23, 2020
Just forget about it. He's probably out for another month. If you accept it now then you won't get angry when you don't see him in the team.
— ّ (@Wedanco) November 23, 2020
We did buy thiago right? Or was it a dream?😂
— Dimitris Pantos (@DimitrisPantos2) November 23, 2020
He will be back soon.
— Omila Vincent (@OmilaVincent2) November 23, 2020
— LFCLEGEND (@Ben37301188) November 23, 2020
next week we'll probably hear that thiago needs a knee surgery
— IniLuthfi (@satourdayz) November 23, 2020
For the first game then he’ll be injured
— The Boss (@jonatha91887820) November 23, 2020
Some reports have suggested that there is hope that the 29-year-old will be back in action this weekend when Liverpool take on Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex. From the look of things, though, there is very little hope that he’ll play against Atalanta tomorrow night, which means a reshuffle in midfield following Naby Keita’s injury.
Currently, Klopp has just three fit central midfielders at his disposal in Georginio Wijnaldum, Curtis Jones and James Milner.