Thiago Alcantara ruled out of Liverpool games at Norwich and Brentford

Thiago Alcantara ruled out of Liverpool’s matches against Norwich and Brentford after injuring calf in win over Crystal Palace…while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino are also set to miss Carabao Cup clash

  • Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara sustained a calf injury on Saturday
  • The club confirmed he will miss Tuesday’s Carabao Cup game at Norwich
  • He will also be absent from Saturday’s Premier League game at Brentford
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold will also miss the Norwich game due to illness
  • Roberto Firmino is due to resume training but has no return date yet

Liverpool will be without Thiago Alcantara for the next week after the Spain midfielder picked up a calf injury against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Alcantara was forced off in the second half of the 3-0 win at Anfield with the injury and Liverpool said he is to undergo a scan to determine the full extent of the problem.

But they already confirmed he will miss Tuesday’s trip to Norwich in the Carabao Cup and Saturday’s Premier League game away to Brentford.

Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara injured his calf in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace

The club said he will miss the games against Norwich and Brentford and will face a scan

Alcantara’s injury leaves Liverpool more short-staffed in midfield a week after Harvey Elliot’s horror ankle injury against Leeds.

“Thiago, how the gaffer said after the game, it was a calf injury. I can’t say now how long it will take but definitely not tomorrow and not at the weekend,” Liverppol assistant coach Pepijn Lijnders told the club’s official website.

“Let’s get the scan results back and we have a proper diagnosis. A shame as well because he was taking the game by the hand, he was a proper playmaker in my opinion. A shame that we miss him. 

“In one week we lose two really influential midfielders, that’s the bad thing.” 

The club also confirmed that Trent Alexander-Arnold will also miss the trip to Norwich after missing the win over Palace due to illness.

Trent Alexander-Arnold will also miss the Norwich trip after falling ill before the Palace game

Meanwhile, Roberto Firmino is set to start training again this week after missing the last three matches with a hamstring problem but he will also miss the game at Norwich, as will Neco Williams.

Lijnders confirmed that Alexander Arnold’s illness was not Covid and praised James Milner for his performance at rightback against Palace.

“Let’s start with Trent. Our game basically started at 12 o’clock against Palace; he took responsibility to speak with the doctor,” added Lijnders. 

“It was not easy because these guys – it says a lot about our group anyway – they want to play everything, [even] if they feel a bit shaky or ill. But he took the responsibility. 

Roberto Firmino is due to resume training this week but the Norwich game is too soon for him

“With speaking about Trent, I have to speak about Millie immediately – it started with a James Milner lecture and it ended up he dominated the complete right flank. We wanted to solve the situation with Trent with experience but we got much more. 

“So, really proud and really happy that we have these players who can fill in, in each moment in time, and do the things he did. 

“That’s Trent, there are no symptoms – no COVID symptoms. We test regardless. He should be fine in a few days but Norwich comes too early.”  

Lijnders revealed that Irish goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is set to start against Norwich, with Alisson Becker due a rest as Jurgen Klopp looks to rotate his side.  

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