The international Spain Player, remains unavailable for choice having missed the last five matches of his side due to a knee injury
For Sunday’s crunch Premier League clash with Manchester City, Liverpool will be without midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
Jurgen Klopp reported that the international from Spain, who was left out of the squad of his national team for the November internationals, remains unavailable for selection ahead of the Etihad Stadium meeting with Pep Guardiola’s side.
Ever since Richarlison’s crunching tackle in the Merseyside derby that led to a straight red card for the Brazilian, Thiago has been absent.
The knee injury has ensured that he has missed all three matches of the Reds’ Champions League so far, as well as wins over Sheffield United and West Ham in the Premier League.
Indeed, with the former Bayern Munich star not training at Melwood on Thursday, the signs looked ominous and Klopp has now admitted that the game with City is coming too soon for the 29-year-old.
Reporters were told by the German: “No surgery was necessary, but it was still an injury. The longer he is out, the longer he has to train before we consider him as a starting line-up player. For Sunday, Thiago will not be available.”
In their 5-0 Champions League demolition of Atalanta on Tuesday night, Diogo Jota scored a hat-trick for the Reds and, despite the Portuguese taking a knock during that game, Klopp believes he will be fit for the City fixture.
The Reds boss added about the fitness of the former Wolves winger, and the availability of Joel Matip, Naby Keita and Kostas Tsimikas: “They are all in training, so that’s really good.”
“Nobody suggested me to Diogo. It was the second day of recovery yesterday, and he was involved. But that looked okay.
At the start of the 2020-21 season, Liverpool was rattled by injuries in defensive areas, with Virgil van Dijk facing a long spell on the sidelines after being clattered in the 2-2 draw with Everton by Jordan Pickford.
That has meant that in recent weeks, Joe Gomez has emerged as the most senior center-back of the Reds, with Klopp being impressed with the form of the England international.
He said: “He had so many different defensive partners, and in the line-up, he was always the boy.” But everyone has to grow in life. He’s been doing it for the last couple of weeks — he was dropped in cold water — and he’s done really well.