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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to rule out summer acquisition Thiago Alcantara for Saturday's Premier League match-up with Sheffield United, with the Spain international to be assessed during training on Friday.
Richarlison was quick to issue an apology to the highly-rated playmaker, whonow looks as though his issue might not be as bad as first feared and could well make the squad to face Chris Wilder's Blades at Anfield.
“I don't know,” Klopp began, addressing a question regarding the fitness of both Thiago and sidelined centre-back Joel Matip. “We have training after the press conference and then we will see who is out. I don't want to rule anyone out until somebody tells me different.”
As one might expect, questions were asked of long-term absentee Virgil van Dijk, who was also a victim of a rash challenge in the Merseyside derby - Jordan Pickford having clattered into the defender and forcing him to have to undergo surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament.
“I can understand that people are interested in Virgil,” Klopp said. “But he's okay – it doesn't make sense to give a schedule on his return every day. Surgery will happen at the appropriate time.
“Recovery will take time. All people are different so I can't say when he'll be back. Everyone copes differently so there is no need for constant updates.”
Turning attentions back to who could be in line to make the squad, the German went on: “Apart from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virg and maybe Kostas Tsimikas, we'll have to see.
“We have a lot of discussions with the medical department and we do what makes sense. With the games we have, if someone is out for two weeks that could mean five games. So I don't know – the boys who played against Ajax are all fine.”