Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara will be out of action for up to six weeks after incurring a suspected hamstring strain. The Spanish international limped off the pitch during the second half of the Reds’ 2-2 draw with Fulham during the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.
“This isn’t a good situation. I don’t like it at all. We have to see how we react on that, but for sure not panic,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said of the situation.
Thiago’s injury has left the Reds’ midfield severely depleted with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones still unavailable through injury. At the earliest, Thiago could return to action around September 18, when Liverpool travels to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.
While the transfer window will still be open for a few weeks, Klopp has stated that the club will not make a rash decision by bringing in another midfielder to fill Thiago’s spot. “A transfer must make sense now and in the long-term. We have eight midfielders. We still have enough midfielders. It’s not that we lack midfielders, it’s just some of them are injured,” Klopp confirmed.