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Klopp suggests Thiago shut down on Liverpool return, but face Newcastle ‘unlikely’

The Spanish midfielder has only made two appearances since his summer move from Bayern Munich after two months away with a knee injury

Thiago Alcantara is getting closer to a return to first-team action for Liverpool but Jurgen Klopp says he is unlikely to take part in Wednesday’s Premier League clash with Newcastle.

the Spain the midfielder has not played since injuring his knee in the Merseyside derby draw with Everton in mid-October, but was scheduled to resume full team training on Monday.

Thiago has only played twice since his £ 20million ($ 26million) transfer Bayern Munich during the summer, but he set a Premier League assist record on his September debut and there is a lot of excitement at Anfield around what he can bring alongside Klopp.

“I love watching all my boys play and with Thiago of course he had a few minutes, I would say, until he got injured,” Klopp said.

“So of course we’re looking forward to that, but I don’t know. He is unlikely to travel [to Newcastle], let me put it like that.

“He needs a few sessions. He was really gone for a long time after a really tough challenge – it was a real impact. Nothing broken, nothing broken, but it obviously took time and it still takes time. We cannot rush this; we won’t. Then I do not know.

Previous Klopp comments has suggested that Thiago’s return might still be a bit off, as he is keen to make sure he’s perfectly fit and up to date before putting him back into action.

“Thiago has trained partly with the team so far, but on Friday he has coached the whole session,” he told reporters. “But it was a reduced session so we couldn’t do that [full session].

“He just has to be part of the team training [regularly]. It’s not about being part of team training one day and then playing Premier League football.

“So it looks pretty promising at the moment but I can’t say more, to be honest. I don’t know. I think the plan was if he trains [on Monday] completely normally then we’ll see.

Following the trip to Newcastle, Liverpool begins 2021 with a trip to Southampton And one FA Cup confront Aston Villa, before a home game against in form Manchester United January 17th.

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