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He was expected to slot seamlessly into the fold on Merseyside, and an eye-catching outing off the bench on debut at Chelsea hinted at better things to come, but a bout of Covid-19 and niggling knocks have restricted the 29-year-old to just three appearances.
The most recent of those saw him given 17 minutes in the0-0 draw at Newcastle, with the hope being that he is ready to kick on.
The Reds boss told reporters heading into themeeting with Southampton on Monday: “Unfortunately, I don’t know him that long. A few months only.
“That he could play 20 minutes againstNewcastle is pretty special, I would say, because he had only two sessions with the team -one of the sessions he was the joker, so I’m not sure you can count that really - but this game at Newcastle gave us the opportunity to do it because it was mainly about creating and that’s obviously his best skill.
“So we will see. There’s a chance. He played 20 minutes so there’s a chance, but I don’t even know how he reacts, we will see if he can get out of bed or not! Or if he has kind of muscle soreness or something like that. He enjoyed the few minutes obviously and then we will talk new.
“How I said, I like speaking about Thiago, it’s absolutely no problem, but honestly the boys who did the job so far did exceptionally well, I have to say. It’s not that we could not survive if he cannot start the next game, but it’s very good that he is now fit and is obviously in contention. I like that a lot.”