The assistant coach of the Red Pepijn Lijnders has revealed the midfielder and a number of other players will miss their trip to Carrow Road in the EFL Cup
Liverpool have confirmed that Thiago Alcantara will play no role in their next two games against Norwich and Brentford, while providing an update on Trent Alexander-Arnold as he continues to recover from his illness.
Thiago made his fourth top-flight appearance of the season when Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Anfield on Sunday, but he had to come down on the hour after getting a knock.
The Reds’ assistant coach, Pep Lijnders, has now revealed that the Spaniard will miss the third round of the EFL Cup to Norwich on Tuesday, as well as the Premier League meeting with Brentford four days later.
What was said?
‘Thiago, as the gaffer said after the game, it was a calf injury. “I can not say now how long it will take, but certainly not tomorrow and not the weekend,” Lijnders told Liverpool Official Website.
‘Let’s get the scan results back, and we’ve got a proper diagnosis. It’s also a shame because he took the game by the hand, but he was a proper playmaker in my opinion. Too bad we miss him. ”
What about Alexander-Arnold?
Jurgen Klopp’s assistant further discussed the availability of Alexander-Arnold, who won the Reds against Palace after falling ill shortly before kick-off.
Lijnders has ruled out the possibility that the fullback could return against Norwich, but is confident he will be back in time for the trip to Brentford.
‘Our match basically started at 12 o’clock against Palace; he took the responsibility to talk to the doctor, ”he said. ‘It was not easy, because these guys – it says a lot about our group anyway – they want to play everything, [even] if they feel a little shaky or ill, but he took the responsibility.
“There are no Covid symptoms. We test regardless. He should recover in a few days, but Norwich will arrive too early.”
Additional team news
Liverpool will also be without Roberto Firmino if they face Norwich, but the club have stated that the Brazilian ‘will resume his team training this week’ after missing their last three games due to a hamstring issue.
Neco Williams is also still on the verge of returning from injury, and Lijnders adds to the pair: ‘Bobby will do parts of team training, but also not ready. He is progressing well. Neco is also making good progress. [For him] tomorrow also comes too early. ”