The Spain international Thiago Alcantara is still weeks away from fully returning to Liverpool action because of his ongoing knee injury, confirms Reds head coach Jurgen Klopp.
The midfielder suffered a serious knee injury in the Merseyside derby on 17 October when Everton forward Richarlison put in a high tackle which resulted in a red card.
It wasn’t thought to be that serious at the time and Alcantara has repeatedly been expected to return to senior team action, having trained since the incident.
However, Jurgen has explained why the knee injury is dragging on and how it proved confusing after the initial prognosis was quite positive.
‘So, on that day whenever it was, when Thiago got injured in that bad challenge in the Everton game, there was another bad injury after the scans,’ Jurgen told reporters.
‘One was bad news and one was really good news because nothing was broke or ruptured, but we realise now it was still a massive impact on the knee.
‘Because nothing is ruptured or broken you think you can go again after a few days but the impact on the knee was that big that it’s still not okay.
‘It’s not massive, he trains from time to time, not in the moment because we realise we have to go a few further steps.
‘I can’t say exactly when he will be fine, but it will take a few weeks though with Thiago, that’s how it is.’
The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona player has made just two Premier League matches since arriving at Anfield this summer transfer market, with the Merseyside derby his first start for his new team.
The Reds are struggling with a number of injuries to first team stars, with Virgil van Dijk, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita, Joe Gomez and James Milner all currently sidelined.
There is some good news for the German, though, with Jordan Henderson fit again after his recent injury issue.