Liverpool to receive timely Thiago Alcantara boost amid another injury blow

Liverpool hope to have Thiago Alcantara back after the international break after the Premier League champions suffered another injury blow.

Jurgen Klopp is facing up to a mounting casualty list, after it emerged Trent Alexander-Arnold could miss five games with the injury he sustained in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Manchester City.

The right-back underwent a scan on the injury at Melwood on Tuesday and is expected to miss four weeks of action.

That would rule him out of games against current table-toppers Leicester, Brighton and Wolves, as well as Anfield Champions League clashes against Atalanta and Ajax.

Liverpool are already without talismanic centre-half Virgil van Dijk, who could miss the rest of the season following surgery on the knee ligaments injury he suffered against Everton last month.

Midfielder Fabinho was deputising for Van Dijk in defence but is now also out, while Thiago has played only 135 minutes since joining Liverpool from Bayern Munich in September.

But there is some good news on the horizon for Liverpool on the injury front, with Thiago expected back after the international break, according to the Daily Mail.

Thiago picked up a knee injury against Everton in what was only his second game for his new club, and has since missed games against Ajax, Sheffield United, Midtjylland, West Ham, Atalanta and City.

But there are hopes the 29-year-old midfielder will be able to return when the Reds resume their title defence at home to Leicester on November 21.

The game will pit first place against third in the Premier League, with Brendan Rodgers' Foxes having hit top spot following their win over Wolves on Sunday, and stayed at the summit after Liverpool failed to beat City.

The return of the hugely experienced Thiago would be a big boost for Klopp with so many key players out, as the Reds bid to get back on top of a congested league table.

Joel Matip and Joe Gomez – Liverpool's only fit senior centre-backs – were partnered together for the visit to City on Sunday, while James Milner replaced Alexander-Arnold following the right-back's injury.

And Klopp will hope his players suffer no further injury blows over the international break.

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