Liverpool handed huge Thiago boost ahead of vital April fixtures
Liverpool Fc have been handed a major boost after the Spain manager Luis Enrique named his squad friendlies against Albania and Iceland, with Thiago left out.
Liverpool will be visiting Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend, before departing for the final international break of the season.
The reds will have to face up to 9 fixtures in April, including two Champions League quarter-final legs against Benfica, home match against Manchester United, Everton and most importantly, the trip to Manchester City.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is keen to have all of his key players fit for this important run of games, with Enrique omitting of Thiago Alcantara.
Thiago has just returned from a hamstring injury during a warmup for the Carabao League Cup final, but he was unlikely to have been included in the Spain squad for the friendlies.
The Spaniard haven’t been called up for any of the four breaks this season, after playing just 64 minutes of a possible six games at the summer’s Euros.
Luis Enrique might have omitted Thiago Alcantara due to the availability of promising young talent such as Barcelona’s teenagers Gavi and Pedri.
For Liverpool, this can be considered a real positive, with Thiago able to rest over the two-week break before, hopefully, returning fresh for the upcoming fixtures.
Thiago has won 13 of the 14 games he has started for the Reds this season, with Liverpool unbeaten whenever he has started in the Premier League over the last season.