Thiago is back, but three key players are missing from Liverpool’s training ahead of the Arsenal match.


Thiago Alcantara has given Liverpool a much-needed boost ahead of their crucial clash with Arsenal

The Spain international returned to training on Thursday as the Reds prepare to face the Premier League leaders at Anfield on Easter Sunday.

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez

Thiago, a midfielder for Liverpool, has returned to training ahead of Sunday’s match against Arsenal.

Liverpool have struggled in recent weeks, suffering a thrashing at the hands of Manchester City, a defeat at the hands of Bournemouth, and a dull draw against Chelsea.

After losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League, finishing in the top four is Jurgen Klopp’s best chance at a somewhat successful season from this position.

And it means no more dropped points, especially at home, but they will face a tough test against Arsenal, who are riding high after seven consecutive Premier League victories.

Thiago, who has missed the last ten games, will give Klopp reason to cheer, but three key players were absent from Liverpool’s Melwood training facility.

Mohamed Salah, Joe Gomez, and Diogo Jota were all absent from Thursday’s practice.

Thiago and Luis Diaz
Thiago and Luis Diaz

However, the Liverpool Echo reports that this is due to the club giving the trio a day off following Tuesday’s draw at Stamford Bridge.

Salah came off the bench late in the game against his former club, while Gomez and Jota started.

There is no indication that the trio will play against the Gunners in Merseyside.

Meanwhile, Virgil van Dijk was in training after being unable to travel to the capital due to illness.

Luis Diaz’s chances of returning for the first time since injuring his knee against Arsenal in October have improved further for Liverpool.

Midfielder Naby Keita was seen running alongside rehabilitation fitness coach David Rydings while he was in full training.

Diaz and Jota'
Diaz and Jota’

It’s unclear whether Thiago and Diaz will play against Mikel Arteta’s side, with Klopp wary of reintroducing them too soon.

Though Diaz is more likely to participate after improving his fitness in training over the last week.

Liverpool enters their match against Arsenal in eighth place in the table, knowing that failure to secure the crucial three points will push them further away from the top four.

They are ten points behind Manchester United in fourth place with ten games remaining.


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