‘Injured Thiago may miss UEFA final’

by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja

Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara may be on his way out of the Champions League final for the Merseyside club after he sustained an injury in the final Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Thiago and Klopp
Thiago and Klopp

Thiago, a Spanish playmaker and an instrumental figure for the Reds in matchday38 fixture, set up Sadio Mane’s 24 minutes opener with a backheel pass to herald the 3-1 riot over Wolves at Anfield.

However, the 31-year-old midfielder who joined coach Jurgen Klopp’s side last two seasons from German clubs’ giant Bayern Muchen, featuring 48 times in all competitions with two goals to his name, limped off the pitch before the close of first-half.

Thiago and Salah after winning the FA Cup
Thiago and Salah after winning the FA Cup

Reacting to the incident, Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp said the player may not be available for the Champions League final’s cracker with Real Madrid at the Stade de France, Paris, on Saturday, May 28, 2022.

Klopp, who deliberately refused to avail the press of the kind and extent of Thiago’s injury, muttered he was affected only from the lower part of the body.

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Klopp said, “I think he’ll be out of the final but I don’t know. He’s limping, so it may be not the best sign.

“The lower part of the body. I know what it is but don’t want to say,” he explained when asked where the injury affected Thiago.

Thiago in Training
Thiago in Training

Liverpool, whose quest for a quadruple this season has been hampered by Manchester City after winning the FA Cup and Carabao Cup on penalties, will seek to galvanise their season with a win against Los Blancos to lift their seventh UEFA Champions League trophy next week.

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