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Liverpool duo expected back as midfielder ruled out for trip to Watford

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Thiago Alcantara is not back in training with the team, hence ruling out any possibility of the Spaniard featuring against Watford on Saturday.

The midfielder is still recuperating after suffering a calf injury and Klopp has made it clear that he will not be available for the outing to Vicarage Road.

“Thiago needs probably a little bit longer, [he] was not in team training yet – that’s always not a good sign for starting the next game.”

Meanwhile, forward  Diogo Jota and right back Trent Alexander-Arnold are set to be available on Saturday after being out due to muscle injury.

The duo is expected back in training on Thursday after nursing their injuries.

Trent missed the 5-1 win against Porto and the 2-2 draw with Manchester City after picking up a muscle problem prior to the international break.

Jota had to be relieved of his international duties early after suffering a muscle injury which hindered him from featuring for Portugal last Saturday against Qatar.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website on Wednesday, Klopp said:

“They are all good, they are all in a good way, let me say it like this.

So it looks really like Trent and Diogo will be fine, they will train with us tomorrow completely normal, that’s the plan.”

Klopp also revealed that some international players are not back yet.

“And the rest [of the] international [players], some are back, obviously some are not back yet. And we will see.”

As for Watford, newly appointed manager Claudio Ranieri will feel a lot of pressure on him for his first game considering he faces an unbeaten Liverpool side.

Watford are currently 15th in the league table after 7 league matches played.


Written by Kerry Mayodi

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