Liverpool returned to motion final weekend in a disappointing 2-2 draw with newly-promoted facet Fulham within the Premier League, however it wasn’t simply the outcome that was a trigger for concern with Thiago Alcantara making an early exit from the pitch.
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Liverpool reporter for The Athletic James Pearce has revealed an replace on Thiago Alcantara’s damage standing and the timeframe anticipated for the Spanish midfield to get better.
As per a report written by Pearce, Thiago is ready to be sidelined for as much as six weeks with a hamstring damage sustained early into the second half at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
Klopp must be fearful
There isn’t a doubt that Jurgen Klopp must be fearful in regards to the newest damage to his midfielder, particularly after the dysfunctional efficiency displayed within the midfield towards Fulham.
Possession of the ball was misplaced 40 instances by the beginning midfielders Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago, with the Liverpool captain making up for over half of that, shedding the ball 21 instances over his 90-minute efficiency towards Scott Parker’s facet.
Actually, the facet misplaced the ball 203 instances in whole in comparison with Fulham who misplaced possession 150 instances, and Jurgen Klopp was fast to scathe the sloppy scenes from his gamers following the poor efficiency.
Klopp claimed in his post-match interview: “We received a degree from a extremely dangerous sport from my facet.
“The angle wasn’t proper to start with. We didn’t deserve extra. The efficiency wants large enchancment.”
Regardless of not making greater than 25 Premier League appearances for Liverpool throughout his time on the membership, tallying up seven bouts of sickness and damage issues during the last two seasons, when Thiago is match to play he has been the important thing to lots of the workforce’s unbelievable performances.
Liverpool have solely misplaced eight league video games the place the ball-playing famous person has featured within the facet over 50 appearances, with solely a type of coming from final season, and when it comes to the possession issues displayed by the workforce on the weekend, Thiago might be an enormous loss within the centre of the pitch.
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Final season within the Premier League, Thiago solely misplaced the ball each 8.3 touches per sport which was much better than his teammates, with Henderson shedding the ball each six touches per sport and Fabinho shedding the ball each 7.6 touches a match.
With that being mentioned, the damage to Alcantara will depart Klopp in a sticky state of affairs because the supervisor might now must dip again into the switch market over the ultimate weeks of the window to make sure his facet doesn’t fall too far behind their title rivals Manchester Metropolis over the approaching weeks and months. That is definitely a worrying state of affairs for the German supervisor.