February 08, (THEWILL) – Liverpool have been dealt a blow with the news that midfielder, Thiago Alcantara, has suffered another injury setback. According to reports on Thursday, the 32-year-old Spaniard picked up a muscle problem after coming on as a late substitute in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal.
Thiago had only just returned from a lengthy absence due to hip and hamstring issues which had kept him out since April. However, he is now facing another spell on the sidelines after complaining of muscle discomfort following Sunday’s match.
The former Bayern Munich man’s ongoing fitness problems continue to cast doubt on his Anfield future, with his contract set to expire at the end of this season. His latest absence comes at an inopportune time for Liverpool, who currently sit two points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
Jurgen Klopp’s men also have a League Cup final clash against Chelsea to come later this month, as well as FA Cup, Europa League and title run-ins. Klopp has further midfield availability issues, with Hungary international, Dominik Szoboszlai, having aggravated a hamstring problem ruling him out of Saturday’s game against struggling Burnley.
Japan midfielder, Wataru Endo, could return to fill the gap after missing the Arsenal defeat due to Asian Cup commitments. Liverpool also remain without star forward Mohamed Salah, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury sustained at the Africa Cup of Nations last month whilst on duty with Egypt.
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