Jurgen Klopp admits he is not sure when Thiago Alcantara will be fit to return, after seeing Naby Keita become the latest Liverpool star to succumb to injury.
Keita lasted just 54 minutes of the 3-0 win over Leicester City, as the champions flexed their muscles with a fine display against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Headers from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino added to Jonny Evans’ early own goal as the Reds took the three points.
Summer signing Thiago was once more absent, having not played since being injured in the Merseyside derby draw with Everton following a challenge by Richarlison on October 17.
The Spain international has been undergoing rehab work with club staff since and that did include some outdoor ball work, nine days later, on October 26.
But while he has been pictured at the club’s new big-money training base since then, Klopp has confirmed that he is yet to return to first-team training, after his injury was much more serious than initially had been suspected.
“Thiago is not in team training yet,” said the Reds boss. “When will he be in team training? I don’t know. We will see.
“I’m as surprised as the public. In the morning I come in, we have a medical meeting and they tell me ‘yes he is in, he is not’.
“I know it’s not too far any more [for Thiago], but I have no idea.”
Liverpool face Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday night, and will be without Keita due to the hamstring issue suffered on Sunday night.
Asked whether Thiago could be his replacement, the German said: “It would be great if he could, but then he would have three days training and then play a Champions League game.
“It’s not the ideal situation. We have to see how we do it.
“I have in the moment no idea how we do it, but I can sleep at least three times and then we will see.”
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