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Thiago Alcantara set for weeks out of Liverpool lineup

Joe Prince-Wright, Andy Edwards and Nick Mendola discuss clubs that struggled and kicked off their 2022-23 Premier League campaigns with defeat in Matchweek 1.

Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara will be out for “several weeks” with a hamstring injury suffered in Saturday’s season-opening draw with Fulham at Craven Cottage.

The 31-year-old Barcelona and Bayern Munich veteran played 85 minutes of Liverpool’s Community Shield triumph but left the pitch Saturday after 51.

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Thiago has missed time with knee, calf, and hip injuries plus a positive test for the coronavirus over his two-plus seasons at Liverpool.

He has three goals and five assists in this time.

Liverpool has four Premier League matches before September. The Anfield powers will face:

  • Crystal Palace at home (Monday)
  • Manchester United away (Monday, Aug. 22)
  • Bournemouth at home (Aug. 27)
  • Newcastle at home (Aug. 31)

The Reds have Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Fabinho, Curtis Jones, and Harvey Elliott as midfield options.

Liverpool went 7W-5D-1L without Thiago last Premier League season while posting a 21W-3D-1L record when he made it onto the pitch.

Will the Reds add to their midfield given another example of the elite midfielder’s temperamental health?

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