Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara is set to miss out on the Champions League final against Real Madrid after he injured himself in their last Premier League game. It was a rollercoaster day for the Reds as they were buoyed by Aston Villa’s 2-0 lead over rivals Manchester City. Thiago set up Sadio Mane for the equalizer before goals from Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson secured the win.
“I think he’ll be out of the final but I don’t know. He’s limping, so it’s maybe not the best sign. The lower part of the body. I know what it is but don’t want to say,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said about Thiago Alcantara. “The whole journey of 21-22 so far is absolutely exceptional. The game today showed again so much about these boys. We concede an early goal, which gave us a knock. We didn’t play football really, not like we usually play. We had to take off Thiago early, which is not helpful, and then you still find a way. It’s absolutely outstanding. 92 points obviously is crazy with all the games we played.”
“So yes I am proud but I’m disappointed, of course. It’s not cool but it’s not completely unexpected, obviously. It was clear before the game that a lot of things have to happen,” he added. “Congratulations to Man City and Pep Guardiola, all staff and all players, the whole club, for being champions. We were close but in the end not close enough. We will try absolutely everything. It’s never happened before that you go completely without knocks into a final. We had our knocks. We have five days to prepare for the final. We face an incredible, experienced team. Of course, losing the league today increases the desire to put it right next week.”