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Klopp ‘will not rush’ Thiago return despite midfielder’s return to training

Jurgen Klopp insists he will not rush the return of Thiago Alcantara from injury despite the Liverpool midfielder returning to training this week.

Thiago has endured a frustrating start to his career on Merseyside since signing from Bayern Munich during the summer, the 29-year-old having made just two appearances due to a positive coronavirus test and subsequent knee injury.

The Spain international has not featured since being on the receiving end of an ugly challenge from Richarlison during October’s Merseyside Derby at Everton, though was pictured in training this week as he edges closer to a first-team return.

Klopp said that this weekend’s clash with West Brom will come too soon for the Liverpool midfielder and says he will take a patient approach with the star, though the Reds’ boss provided positive updates on the fitness of both Xherdan Shaqiri and James Milner.

“Thiago made his first steps back towards team training,” the German told his pre-match press conference. “He is not involved in the full session but makes good steps and after, unfortunately, the long time he is out now, we cannot and will not rush it.

“The other guys are further, or closer. Shaq trained really good and Millie, yesterday full session, today then a little bit adapted.

“It is a new situation for us; we have still two more training days until we have to make decisions.

“It looks good, but I don’t know. Thiago will not be involved, he has to first be in full training sessions and then we start thinking about it. He is not too far away, I hope.”

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