What’s in line for Liverpool following new injury set back
Liverpool have suffered a blow ahead of their crucial Premier League clash against Manchester City on Saturday, with midfielder Thiago Alcantara ruled out due to a hip injury.
The Spaniard sustained the injury during Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat to Wolves at Molineux in February, and although it was initially hoped that he would be fit to return after the international break, he has yet to resume first-team training. Thiago’s absence will be a major setback for Liverpool as they look to secure a positive result against the reigning champions.
According to reports from Football Insider, Thiago’s hip injury has not healed in time for the City game, meaning that he will miss out on the chance to face one of Liverpool’s biggest rivals.
The news will come as a blow to Jurgen Klopp, who is already without a number of key players due to injury. Liverpool are currently seven points off the Champions League places and will be desperate for a win as they look to keep their hopes of finishing in the top four alive.
While Thiago is set to miss out, Liverpool could welcome back winger Luis Diaz, who has been sidelined since October with a knee injury. The Colombian has recently returned to light training and could feature against City, although Klopp is unlikely to rush him back if there are any doubts over his fitness.
City are also dealing with injury concerns of their own, with star striker Erling Haaland facing a late fitness test. The Norwegian was sent for tests in Barcelona after feeling discomfort in his groin during Norway’s training camp in Marbella. Haaland’s father has admitted that it is “touch and go” whether he will be involved against Liverpool.
The match at the Etihad Stadium is crucial for both teams, with City looking to close the gap on league leaders Arsenal, and Liverpool hoping to keep their Champions League hopes alive. It promises to be a tense and exciting encounter, with both teams eager to secure a vital victory.