Jurgen Klopp says Thiago Alcantara will not be able to play for Liverpool until after the international break due to a calf injury, meaning he will miss the Premier League meeting with Manchester City in October.
Thiago suffered a muscle strain in the second half of last Saturday’s 0-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Klopp was reluctant to set a return date for the Spain international, but the Liverpool boss only hoped the midfielder would return to work once the October international break was over.
The Premier League will resume on October 1, when Liverpool will face Watford, but Thiago will miss the Brentford and Porto tour next Tuesday, as well as the match at the home of Champions City on Sunday – which is live Sky Sports.
Klopp says: “It’s not clear when Thiago will return, it’s a calf muscle. [He will return]Perhaps after the international break, I don’t think anything is possible before, so we’ll see. “
Meanwhile, another blow to injury will see Nabi Keita miss a Liverpool match at Brentford on Saturday evening, live on Sky Sports, But the club’s confident midfielder will return soon.
“Not really anything serious, but it sure keeps him away from the next game, and maybe for a little longer,” Klopp added.
“It’s painful, and we have to see how we can deal with it. Of course, it’s not cool if the players have a good pre-season, but it does happen. The season.”
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino could return for Liverpool in the clash at Brentford Community Stadium.
Min1 August Firmino was ruled out due to a hamstring injury against Chelsea and Alexander-Arnold has missed the last two matches due to illness.
James Milner and Neko Williams also returned to training before the weekend.