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.