CRAVEN COTTAGE — Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could not speak about the extent of Thiago Alcantara’s hamstring injury but stressed it will not push Liverpool into a rushed transfer given their current midfield crisis.
Thiago felt his hamstring go six minutes into the second half at Fulham, and was replaced by Harvey Elliott during the 2-2 draw.
It could be a fresh blow for Thiago, who spent four separate spells on the sidelines last season for a variety of issues, while a knee injury saw him miss a sizeable chunk of his first season at Liverpool in 2020-21.
Klopp admitted the injury was “not good”, and while further assessment on Thiago is inevitable, the Liverpool boss was in a downbeat mood given the draw and new addition to his injury list with Ibrahima Konate, Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita already absent.
“We said we don’t need a midfielder, we have enough. The problem is we are now punished for something that isn’t our responsibility,” Klopp said.
“No one could imagine Curtis Jones gets the thing he gets (a knock). Naby [Keita] is only ill but could be back next week, and with Thiago of course that’s not good.
“A transfer must make sense. Now and in the long-term. We have enough midfielders, it’s not that we lack midfielders, it’s just that we have injuries. We have to see how we react to that, I’m sure [I won’t] panic.”
Liverpool twice trailed to Fulham, with Aleksandar Mitrovic opening his Premier League account for the season with a double, although it was Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah who rescued a point for the Reds.
“We started the opposite way we wanted,” Klopp added. “Not good enough, not quick enough, not decisive enough. The best thing about this game was the result. Fulham might say as well they lost two points.
“I would have loved much more to play really good, but we didn’t do that. It’s my job to find out why we played like that, seven days later we looked upside down [compared to Community Shield win].”
Klopp: A point from a bad game
There was little to lift Klopp’s mood throughout the match, and he admitted afterwards it was a “really bad game” from their perspective.
“The best thing about the game was the result. We got a point from a really bad game,” he told BT Sport.
“The result was fine, I don’t think we deserved more than that. The performance can be massively improved.
“We could have won the game because we had good chances but it was probably a bit too much today.”