Liverpool will be without Thiago for their Premier League clash against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
On his pre-match news conference ahead of the Carabao Cup encounter against Arsenal in midweek, Klopp said of the 30-year-old: “Hopefully, he will be in full squad training after the international break, to prepare for the Cardiff game.”
The Spaniard has had his fair share of injury issues for Liverpool this season, as he battles to gain consistent playing time — his greatest run of activity saw him make seven Premier League games in a row between November and December.
That stretch, though, showed hints of Thiago being back to his best, with the midfielder starting six consecutive games and the Reds racking up victory after win — Klopp’s side scored 17 goals and allowed only twice in that span.
According to WhoScored, his average match rating of 7.07 places him as Liverpool’s second-best performing midfielder in the Premier League this season, trailing only Fabinho.
It’s no wonder, therefore, that Noel Whelan recently conceded that an early return for Thiago would be a great boost for the Reds. “It’s in those kinds of situations that you could turn to a guy like Thiago with his bags of experience,” he explained.
“From Liverpool’s standpoint, a swift comeback would undoubtedly be a timely return.” Players like him are the ones that speak up in the locker room and on the field.
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