Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara did not take part in an open training session ahead of the Champions League game against Atletico Madrid tomorrow.
The Spaniard has been sidelined with a calf problem since the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace last month. Manager Jurgen Klopp had claimed the player would return after the international break but fans on Twiter have been questioning the accuracy of the statement:
So frustrating for Thiago, two matches this week when his experience, presence and ability would have been hugely influential.
— Chris Gollop (@ChrisRGollop) October 18, 2021
Think when thiago comes back klopp should tell him to just sit and control the game, think if hes pressing all game he’ll keep breaking down
— 2110lfc (@2110lfc) October 18, 2021
He’s becoming abit of a waste of time. Class player but never available for selection
— Liam Williams (@LiamWill1984) October 18, 2021
Thiago the next Keita?? Strange we are so tight spending money and yet happy to buy players who are injured all time
— W9d (@baker9d14) October 18, 2021
Incredible how Thiago’s injuries are always far worse than first thought. Hopefully he’s staying behind to get ready for the Utd game
— Samy* (@sazzam31) October 18, 2021
— mainul (@FactsUWontLike2) October 18, 2021
You mean to tell me Thiago being out for a week was a lie?
— Don Kopleone (@donkopleone) October 18, 2021
We are never honest on thiago’s injuries.
Won’t be surprised if he is out till december
— Ovie (@Ovie6577) October 18, 2021
Thiago’s fitness record since arriving from Bayern Munich last season has been pretty appalling. The 30-year-old has missed 27 matches over the past year, and he is now almost certain to miss his 28th when the Reds take on Atletico.
Klopp and Liverpool can be rather cryptic when it comes to estimating return dates for injured players so it will be hoped that the Spanish international isn’t out for a lengthy period. There is some good news on the injury front with Curtis Jones back in contention after missing the Watford win with a groin injury, but the absence of Thiago in Madrid will be keenly felt.