Jurgen Klopp revealed in his post-match press conference that Thiago did not suffer a hamstring injury.
The Spaniard was withdrawn after 80 minutes for Naby Keita as a precaution after he was spotted clutching the back of his thigh.
The former Bayer Munich star is vital to Liverpool’s chances of completing a clean sweep this season by winning the League Cup, FA Cup, Champions League and the Premier League.
Much like the man who replaced him, he’s had terrible luck with injuries and so withdrawing him at 4-0 at the first hint of a muscle issue was the right move from Klopp.
However, the German revealed after the game that it was premature as Thiago told him on the sideline that he simply ripped his shorts.
That’s why he was clutching the back of his thigh – not because of a hamstring injury as James Pearce suggested he had strained the muscle stretching for an interception.
Keita coming on for #LFC. Looks like Thiago to make way. Thiago was just holding the back of his hamstring after stretching to make an interception. Seems to be running fine now but no need to take no risks at this stage.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) April 19, 2022
Speaking to the press, Klopp echoed Pearce’s concerns by saying: “I thought he had done something else.
“He told me he was fine!”
The Spaniard received a standing ovation from Anfield for the world-class display which saw him accumulate 132 touches and complete 96% of his 113 passes, prompting praise from Gary Lineker.
Here’s the moment he reached the sideline and told Klopp that he had simply torn his shorts as opposed to his hamstring.
Well deserved ovation after an incredible game.
Thiago walks off and is applauded by Anfield and Klopp,
— B/R Anfield (@lfc_allting) April 19, 2022