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Liverpool suffer Thiago injury blow as quartet ruled out of League Cup clash

Thiago came off injured in Liverpool’s win against Crystal Palace on Saturday and Jurgen Klopp will be without the midfielder along with three others in the Carabao Cup

Jurgen Klopp post Crystal Palace

Liverpool have suffered a Thiago Alcantara injury blow as four players have been ruled out of their League Cup clash at Norwich.

The Reds will also be without Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Neco Williams on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Thiago suffered a calf injury late into his side’s 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita sent Liverpool top of the Premier League table until Chelsea overtook them on alphabetical order just over 24 hours later.

Now entering the Carabao Cup, Klopp has been left with limited options due to an increased injury list that already has Harvey Elliott on following his gruesome ankle dislocation at Leeds.



Klopp’s squad will be slightly stretched for the cup tie
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Klopp said post-match on Saturday: “He felt his calf but we hope it is not too serious.”

His No.2 has now shed light on the Spanish midfielder’s condition ahead of the third-round affair.

“Thiago, how the gaffer said after the game, it was a calf injury. I can’t say now how long it will take but definitely not tomorrow and not at the weekend,” assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders told the club’s official website.

“Let’s get the scan results back and we have a proper diagnosis. A shame as well because he was taking the game by the hand, he was a proper playmaker in my opinion. A shame that we miss him.



Thiago’s form has been impressive this season




He added: “In one week we lose two really influential midfielders, that’s the bad thing.”

Firmino is set to resume team training this week having missed the last three games with a hamstring issue, but the trip to East Angliga comes too soon for the Brazilian – like for Alexander-Arnold and Williams.

“Let’s start with Trent. Our game basically started at 12 o’clock against Palace; he took responsibility to speak with the doctor,” Lijnders stated.

“It was not easy because these guys – it says a lot about our group anyway – they want to play everything, [even] if they feel a bit shaky or ill. But he took the responsibility.









“With speaking about Trent, I have to speak about Millie immediately – it started with a James Milner lecture and it ended up he dominated the complete right flank. We wanted to solve the situation with Trent with experience but we got much more.

“So, really proud and really happy that we have these players who can fill in, in each moment in time, and do the things he did,” he added.

“That’s Trent, there are no symptoms – no COVID symptoms. We test regardless. He should be fine in a few days but Norwich comes too early.







“Then we have Bobby, who will do parts of team training but also not ready. But progressing well. And Neco is progressing well as well. [For him] tomorrow also comes too early.”

Back-up goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is expected to start for the Reds, with the Dutch coach confirming the news.

“Ali didn’t play one time in the League Cup I think, so I think it’s quite clear Caoimhin will start tomorrow.”


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