Phil Thompson, a former Liverpool defender, has warned the Reds against making a “knee-jerk” reaction to solving their midfield problems in the last few days of the summer transfer window. He also described Jurgen Klopp’s present midfield options as being “a bit light” in comparison to their Premier League rivals.
In the Reds’ 2-2 draw with Fulham on Saturday (August 6), Thiago Alcantara suffered a hamstring injury. The Spanish international left the game limping early in the second half and has been ruled out for at least six weeks following scans after the injury, as reported by The Athletic.
Klopp is concerned about Thiago’s condition after already losing Naby Keita, Curtis Jones, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to illnesses and injuries. Phil Thompson has warned the club’s manager to tread carefully while handling difficulties and not make a decision in a haste, given the number of injuries this early into the new season.
The former Reds defender believes Thiago’s injury will affect the club’s midfield quality and urged Klopp to prepare well for the upcoming matches while speaking on the Off the Ball show.
“As you’ve seen, the way our football club is run, we like to plan. We don’t want knee-jerk reactions to it. We had to do it when we lost all our centre-backs, there had to be movements and we ended up going with the two young lads.”
“You look at the midfield; the Ox is out, Naby should be fit by next Monday – I think that’ll be alright – but Thiago is a big miss. I think he’s an absolutely superb player, brings so much more. We have a good blend with Fabinho, with Henderson and his energy, with Thiago and his creativity. He is just superb.
“For him to get injured in your first game, you just go ‘wow’, and then Curtis Jones is injured. So we are a bit light in there but where do we put Carvalho? Where do we put Harvey Elliott? Are they strikers, wide ones or are they midfield players?”
Liverpool’s injury problems need instant solution else the entire season could get derailed
With just one week into the current Premier League season, Liverpool need an instant solution to their scores of injuries. In the last few days of the summer transfer window, the club might make a few desperate attempts to sign players in order to strengthen their midfield.
Despite having several of his players injured, Jurgen Klopp has denied adding any new players in the closing days of the transfer market.
While Liverpool began with a draw in the season opener, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester City all started the new campaign with a win. If Liverpool’s injury problems persist without being resolved, the season could get derailed.