News, Culture & Society

Jurgen Klopp reveals Liverpool star Thiago is expected to be out until after international break

Jurgen Klopp reveals Thiago is expected to be out until AFTER the October international break with a calf injury… while fellow midfielder Naby Keita will also miss Liverpool’s match at Brentford

  • Thiago Alcantara suffered a calf injury in Liverpool’s win against Crystal Palace 
  • The Spaniard consequently missed the League Cup win at Norwich on Tuesday 
  • Fellow Reds midfielder Naby Keita was taken off at half-time at Carrow Road 
  • Jurgen Klopp insisted the Guinea midfielder’s knee injury is ‘nothing serious’ 


Jurgen Klopp has revealed he does not expect Thiago Alcantara to play for Liverpool again until after the international break due to a calf injury.

The Spain international suffered the injury in the Premier League win against Crystal Palace at Anfield last weekend, and was subsequently ruled out of the Carabao Cup third-round victory at Norwich on Tuesday.

But Klopp has now revealed that he does not expect to see the 30-year-old former Bayern Munich midfielder play again until October’s international fixtures are out of the way. 

Thiago Alcantara will be out of action for Liverpool until after the international break, according to Jurgen Klopp 

The Spaniard injured his calf during the Reds' victory against Crystal Palace last weekend

The Spaniard injured his calf during the Reds’ victory against Crystal Palace last weekend

Speaking about Thiago’s injury ahead of the Reds’ late-kick off at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday, Klopp said: ‘It’s not 100 per cent clear when he will be back. It’s a muscle in the calf.

‘It’s an issue, obviously. After the international break probably. I don’t think it would be anything earlier.’

The former Borussia Dortmund manager also revealed Thiago’s fellow midfielder Naby Keita would also miss the game against Thomas Frank’s men due to a knee injury.

The German insists it is very unlikely the Spaniard will return before October's internationals

The German insists it is very unlikely the Spaniard will return before October’s internationals

Naby Keita will also miss Saturday's match at Brentford with a knee injury suffered at Norwich

Naby Keita will also miss Saturday’s match at Brentford with a knee injury suffered at Norwich

The Guinea midfielder was taken off at half-time as precaution in the Reds’ 3-0 win at Carrow Road in midweek. 

And while revealing the knee injury is ‘nothing serious’, Klopp said it remains painful and will see him miss the Brentford match at the very least. 

‘[It is] nothing serious but it keeps him out of Brentford, for sure,’ Klopp added.

‘A little longer maybe, we will see. It’s painful and we have to see how he deals with it. It is not cool. He had a good pre-season and played a lot of games but it happens.’

The duo add to an Reds injury list that has also consisted of Roberto Firmino for nearly a month now.

Klopp has revealed it is touch and go whether Roberto Firmino (L) will figure at Brentford

Klopp has revealed it is touch and go whether Roberto Firmino (L) will figure at Brentford

The Brazilian limped off with a hamstring injury in the club’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Anfield last month, with Diogo Jota having taken his place in the forward line.

Klopp maintains the 29-year-old remains on course to figure in their Champions League match against Porto, but is unsure if he will make Saturday’s trip to west London. 

‘We have to make a decision if we take him with us or not. Porto, 100 per cent. Brentford, we have to see,’ Klopp said.

Neco Williams is also expected to miss the weekend’s game, while youngster Harvey Elliott remains a long-term absentee after the horror ankle injury he suffered at Leeds. 

The Reds however should be able to welcome back Trent Alexander-Arnold this weekend after illness ruled him out of featuring against the Eagles.

The Reds should be able to welcome Trent Alexander-Arnold (L) following illness last weekend

The Reds should be able to welcome Trent Alexander-Arnold (L) following illness last weekend

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk