Thiago Alcantara is still a few weeks away from a return to action after the knee injury he sustained in the Merseyside derby in October, says Jurgen Klopp.
Thiago has not played since he was caught by a poor challenge from Richarlison in the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park – a match which also saw Van Dijk sustain anterior cruciate ligament damage.
Liverpool initially confirmed that Thiago had avoided a serious injury but the severity of the collision continues to keep the Spainish midfielder out ahead of the busy December schedule.
“On that day when he got injured in that bad challenge in the Everton game, there was another bad injury and after the scan there was good news and really bad news,” Klopp said.
“[With Thiago] nothing was broken or ruptured but it was still a massive impact on the knee.
“The impact on the leg was that big that it’s still not okay. It is not massive, and he trains from time to time, not at the moment because we have to realise we have to go through further steps.
“I can’t say exactly when he will be fine, but it will take a few weeks.”
- Wolves confirm Raul Jimenez has had surgery after suffering a fractured skull
- Edinson Cavani facing three-match ban for ‘racist’ social media post
But, Jordan Henderson will be available for the home Champions League game against Ajax on Tuesday as they target a victory which will qualify them for the next stages.
Klopp also confirmed Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and Shaqiri remain unavailable for the Champions League clash, along with Milner, who suffered a hamstring injury against Brighton.
Klopp also gave an update on Van Dijk’s rehabilitation, with it still unclear how long the defender will be out for after his collision with Everton goalie Jordan Pickford.