Injury rules Thiago Alcantara out of Liverpool’s August actions

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor

Thiago Alcantara has been ruled out of action for Liverpool as the midfielder limped out of the field in a 2-2 draw against Fulham, on Saturday, after he was affected by a hamstring injury.

The player will undergo a scan within the week to ascertain the level of injury.

With this report, the 31-year-old will be ruled out of action in August and may likely return in September.

In August, the Reds’ will play Crystal Palace, Manchester United, Bournemouth and Newcastle which the Spanish player regrettably will not be part of.

Despite the sad incident and the effect, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has shrugged off the absence of Thiago from the squad.

Klopp claimed that the absence of the player will not have any effect as the club have the depth to cover for the slack but laments that some other midfielders were also injured.

“We said we don’t need a midfielder because we have enough – and we actually have enough, but the problem now is we get punished for something that is not our responsibility really because things like this can happen,” the Reds’ boss said.

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“Nobody could imagine that Curtis gets the thing he gets; it is nothing serious but he is a young boy and it is a kind of stress reaction. Bodies are like this. Naby is only ill and he will now be back definitely next week again. Oxlade happened early and now with Thiago that is, of course, not good and we will see” Klopp added.

The Liverpool boss urged the club to do something quickly because some of their midfielders, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who could have covered up for Thiago’s absence were down with injuries or ailments.

He continued: “Look, a transfer must make sense now and in the long term; we have midfielders, we still have enough midfielders. It is not that we lack midfielders, but it’s just that some of them are injured.

“This is not a good situation, I don’t like it at all, but we have to see how we react to that – but for sure not panicking,” Klopp added.

Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield on Saturday and their playmaker will not be available to process the game following the hamstring injury that has ruled him out of action until September.

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