Liverpool will miss the services of Thiago Alcantara when they travel to Etihad to take on Manchester City this Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp has revealed Alcantara has not recovered in time for the away trip with a knee problem but Joel Matip could return to partner Joe Gomez at the back. The former Bayern Munich midfielder avoided surgery and Klopp admits he needs more time before making a return to the first team.
"No, not ready," he said when asked about Alcantara's availability.
"There was no surgery needed but still an injury so you look day to day. The longer he is out, the longer he has to train before we consider him again. Thiago will not be available for us on Sunday and that is it."
"Centre-halves - good. The boys enjoyed the challenge and we saw that they are able to do some special stuff. Yes, Joel [Matip] is back and has had seven, eight, nine days in training and after the game, there will be 14 days training for him. We will see what we can do."
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