The Reds midfielder suffered a hamstring injury during Liverpool’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea.
Thiago Alcantara burst into tears after Jurgen Klopp substituted him with an injury during Liverpool’s win over Chelsea earlier this week. It was another injury in the midfielder’s long string of setbacks that have prevented him from maintaining his form at Anfield.
Liverpool claimed their first EFL Cup since 2012, but Thiago’s substitution kept them guessing over the extent of his injury. Ahead of his side’s upcoming match against Norwich City, Klopp gave a fitness update on the Spaniard.
“It was an emotional moment. We had to make the decision he couldn’t start [the Carabao Cup final] after feeling something in the warmup,” Klopp said (via The Guardian).
Asked to give a timeframe for Thiago’s recovery, he responded: “Weekend [against West Ham] not sure, maybe Inter, after that definitely.”
Following their Carabao Cup win, Liverpool fans have suggested the Reds might actually be on a quest to claim a historic quadruple. That means Klopp’s side should also win the FA Cup, the Champions League and the League Cup this season.
The German manager, however, plays down his side’s chances of doing so.
“No team in the history of English football ever won the quadruple, right? Because it’s really difficult,” he added.
“We are not even close to thinking about crazy stuff like that.
“We have won the Carabao Cup, we are behind City in the league and now we have Norwich in the FA Cup after 120 minutes on Sunday. Even Manchester City with all their quality did not win it. The reality is [that] to win something you have to be focused on the next step and the one after that – that’s what we do.”
Liverpool will face Norwich in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday. Being on a nine-match winning streak, the Reds are the clear favourites to beat their opponents.