£200,000-a-week Liverpool injured star will be fit for PL game

The Merseyside giants are hopeful Thiago Alcantara will be back to full fitness again once the international break is over and have pencilled in their game with Leicester City as a possible return date for the footballer.

Spain international went down with a knee injury after a reckless challenge from Richarlison in last month’s bad-tempered Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, where Virgil van Dijk also suffered a devastating ACL tear.

Thiago who joined Reds from Bayern Munich in the summer managed to see out the full 90 minutes of the 2-2 draw with Everton but has not featured since only recently returned to individual training.

As a result, Spain boss Luis Enrique had to leave Alcantara out of his plans for the side’s upcoming matches with the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany and Reds believes this fortnight-long break from first-team football will help aid his recovery.

There are now hopes the 29-year-old midfielder will be back in contention when the Reds play host to Leicester City at Anfield on November 21. It comes as a welcome boost for the Reds, who could be without Trent Alexander-Arnold for their next six matches due to a calf injury.

The defender pulled up while defending a Man City counter-attack at the weekend and has had to withdraw from Gareth Southgate’s squad for England’s triple-header versus the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland. ‘Trent will be out for England, that is clear,’ the German manager said following Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at the Etihad.

The German manager echoed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s concerns about having such a quick turnaround between games and the danger this poses to footballers’ fitness.