Thiago Alcantara is still weeks away from returning to Liverpool action due to his ongoing knee injury, confirms Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.
The Spain international suffered a serious knee injury in the Merseywide derby on 17 October when Everton striker Richarlison put in a high tackle which resulted in a red card.
It was not thought to be that serious at the time and Thiago has repeatedly been expected to return to first team action, having trained since the incident.
However, Klopp has explained why the injury is dragging on and how it proved confusing after the initial prognosis was relatively positive.
‘Thiago we have to maybe clarify it a little bit,’ Klopp told a press conference on Monday. ‘So, on that day whenever it was, when Thiago got injured in that bad challenge in the Everton game, there was another bad injury after the scans.
‘One was bad news and one was really good news because nothing was broke or ruptured, but we realise now it was still a massive impact on the knee.
‘Because nothing is ruptured or broken you think you can go again after a few days but the impact on the knee was that big that it’s still not okay.
‘I can’t say exactly when he will be fine, but it will take a few weeks though with Thiago, that’s how it is.’
The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona man has made just two Premier League appearances since arriving at Anfield this summer, with the Merseyside derby his first start for his new club.
Liverpool are struggling with a number of injuries to first team players, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner all currently sidelined.
There is some good news for Klopp, though, with Jordan Henderson fit again after his recent injury problem.