Liverpool have suffered an injury setback ahead of their Premier League match against Manchester City
On Saturday, Liverpool will travel to the Etihad Stadium to face City in a match that could have a significant impact on the title race and the battle for the top four.
City trail Premier League leaders Arsenal by eight points despite having played one fewer game, but they can close the gap to just five points if they beat Liverpool – with the Gunners playing Leeds later that afternoon.
Meanwhile, Liverpool is seven points out of the Champions League places and will be helpless for a positive result this weekend, with games against Chelsea and Arsenal on the horizon.
Thiago Alcantara, the Reds’ midfielder, is expected to miss the trip to Manchester.
According to Football Insider, the Spaniard will not be able to play due to a hip injury.
Thiago suffered the hip flexor injury in February during Liverpool’s 3-0 loss to Wolves at Molineux.
He was initially expected to miss four weeks, with Liverpool’s medical staff hopeful that he would be able to return to first-team action after the international break.
He has yet to return to first-team training, so he is unlikely to play against City.
Diaz is a candidate to return.
Liverpool, on the other hand, could welcome back winger Luis Diaz, who has been out since October after suffering a knee injury against Arsenal.
The Colombian has recently resumed light training and could face City, though Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to rush him back into action if there are any doubts about his fitness.
City have their own injury concerns, with Erling Haaland set to face a late fitness test.
The Norwegian Football Federation announced last Monday that Haaland would miss the Norwegians’ Euro 2024 qualifiers against Spain and Georgia due to groin pain he experienced during their training camp in Marbella.