Thiago Alcantara, a Liverpool midfielder, is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing hip surgery.
Curtis Jones has forced the 32-year-old out of the starting lineup in recent weeks. Also, he did not make the squad for Sunday’s seven-goal thriller against Tottenham Hotspur.
Thiago was at Anfield to see his team win 4-3. But he was seen limping towards the benches, raising fears of another injury layoff for the Spaniard.
Prior to the Spurs win, Jurgen Klopp made no mention of Thiago. There was no update on his condition in Tuesday’s pre-Fulham press conference.
However, he may have to undergo surgery to address a hip issue. He may not play again this season as a result.
The Spaniard suffered a hip injury before February’s Merseyside derby victory over Everton. He also missed 10 games before returning off the bench against Arsenal last month.
Thiago Alcantara will undergo surgery to correct a hip injury
Thiago also made appearances in victories over Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, and West Ham United last month, but Jones’ form and fitness levels kept him out of the starting lineup.
After continuing to experience discomfort with his problem, Liverpool have decided to proceed with surgery, adding to Thiago’s long list of injuries since his arrival at Anfield.
When fit, the Spain international has been a vital member of Klopp’s squad, contributing three goals and six assists in 97 appearances across all competitions since joining in 2020.
Thiago, on the other hand, has missed a total of 61 games due to various injury and illness issues. The Spaniard has only made 14 Premier League starts this season.
He has now entered the final 18 months of his contract with Klopp’s side, who already had five injury concerns ahead of Wednesday’s game against Fulham.
Thiago joins Stefan Bajcetic and Calvin Ramsay. They both are out for the season with knee and adductor injuries, on the long-term injury list.
Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino are also out with muscular injuries. Alongside, Diogo Jota is a doubt for the midweek match against the Cottagers due to a new knock.
Liverpool’s thrilling win over Tottenham at the weekend moved them up to fifth in the Premier League table, seven points behind Manchester United in the final Champions League spot despite having played one more game.