£195,000-a-week Liverpool midfielder will miss the UCL match

Thiago Alcantara is still weeks away from returning to Liverpool action due to his ongoing knee injury, confirms the German tactician. The 29-year-old midfielder suffered a severe knee injury in the Merseyside derby on 17 October when Everton centre-forward Richarlison put in a high tackle which resulted in a red card.

It was not thought to be that severe at the time and Alcantara has repeatedly been expected to come back to the first-team action, having trained since the incident. However, the German boss 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,’ Jurgen 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 broken or ruptured, but we realize 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.’

Thiago has played only two PL matches since arriving at Liverpool this summer, with the Merseyside derby his first start for his new club. Reds are struggling with several 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.