Jurgen Klopp is keen to get Thiago Alcantara back fully fit and in his Liverpool side after “12 brilliant minutes” in the 0-0 draw with Newcastle.
Thiago was signed in September with the view to him being the key to unlocking tight games against defensively-minded teams but Covid-19 and then a knee injury in October’s Merseyside derby restricted him to just a match and a half before Christmas.
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The Spain international made his long-awaited comeback as a 73rd-minute substitute against Newcastle and showed a variety of passing which immediately added a different dimension of the game, although he ultimately failed to help make the breakthrough.
“We signed Thiago because we thought he is a good player, so you can imagine we would like to have him in the team, that’s clear,” said Klopp of the midfielder, who has already made 184 passes in 152 minutes of football.
“Yes, it’s good, Thiago is a super player. From the 20 minutes he played, 12 were brilliant and then he felt the intensity, which is normal.
“He (had) trained only twice around the team so there is still some physical work to do, still some rhythm to get.”