Despite having recently recovered from injuries, Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota can yet be called up for international duty
Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota are expected to report for international duty later this month. Liverpool is awaiting word on their status.
The Reds’ 2-1 victory over Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday night featured both players making their respective hamstring recoveries.
In the early going of the campaign, Jurgen Klopp has been without the pair, as Liverpool has only amassed nine of a potential 18 points from their first six Premier League games before suffering a depressing 4-1 defeat to Napoli in Europe.
However, Thiago and Jota distinguished themselves in their triumph over Ajax.
We witnessed a classic Thiago performance in the midst of the park.
The midfielder persisted in the same futile manner after making an impression during his brief appearance off the bench against Napoli, adding bite and intensity. the champions of the Netherlands.
Thiago made eye-catching passes, used clever placement, and had excellent play reading.
The 31-year-old is without a doubt Liverpool’s top midfielder. He emphasized how much the Reds have missed him ever since he was forced to leave the game against Fulham on the first day of the season due to a hamstring injury.
Keeping him healthy will be crucial this season, especially if Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continue to be sidelined with injuries.
Following the postponement of Sunday’s match against Chelsea before the start of the international break, Liverpool is now preparing for a two-week holiday.
When Spain’s newest squad is revealed on Friday, Kopite will undoubtedly be selfishly hoping that Thiago is excluded.
More than a year has passed since his last international game. His final appearance came when Italy defeated Spain on penalties in the Euro 2020 semifinals.
Thiago lost out on a spot in Luis Enrique’s lineup several times last season as a result of injuries. He was only allowed to make 25 Premier League matches despite exuding class when healthy and helping Liverpool come close to an unprecedented quadruple. He was also chosen to the PFA Team of the Year.
And when Thiago finally made it back into the Spain team at the end of the season, he was forced to withdraw due to a setback.
Undoubtedly, the former Bayern Munich player will be anxious to get back into Enrique’s plans with the World Cup less than two months away.
However, Liverpool might not be that disappointed that Thiago was left off of Spain’s team from a self-interested perspective. Certainly not the supporters.
This also applies to Diogo Jota.
The forward is actually very likely to travel to Qatar with Portugal.
Jota has increased his influence for his nation during the past year. Like at Anfield, if he doesn’t get the ball, he comes off the bench among the first players.
Jota, though, has only recently started acting again.
The 25-year-old was, in fact, sidelined for the majority of two months. He experienced a recurrence of a complaint he had in June during the preseason while serving on international service.
The way Jota played against Ajax would have pleased Klopp. It was a powerful and intelligent one.
However, the former Wolves forward had only played once before this campaign, coming on as a substitute against Everton and Napoli.
Jota should ideally keep improving his physical condition at the AXA Training Center to build up his strength and prevent more breakdowns.
However, given that Portugal was just declared, there is a chance that won’t be the case.