Thiago Alcântara injured again after first Liverpool appearance in 10 months | Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcântara is unavailable again after picking up an injury during his brief return against Arsenal on Sunday.

The 32-year-old made his first appearance of the season as an 85th-minute substitute in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat, but suffered a muscle problem during that appearance which is expected to require further treatment. It is another setback for the hapless midfielder, who has been plagued by fitness problems throughout his Liverpool career and whose contract expires at the end of the season.

Thiago had not played for 10 months before his long-awaited return to the Emirates Stadium. His previous appearance for Liverpool was as a substitute at West Ham in April last year and his last start for Jürgen Klopp’s side came against Wolves in February 2023.

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The Spain international had just returned from a long-term hip injury and has also suffered hamstring, thigh and knee problems since his £20 million move from Bayern Munich in 2020. With only five months remaining on a lucrative four-year contract, and no extension. In sight, Thiago is set to leave Liverpool on a free transfer this summer.

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