Jurgen Klopp reveals he was forced into a late change before Liverpool’s defeat at Nottingham Forest after Thiago woke up with ‘the pain of a bad ear infection’ and had to be replaced by Curtis Jones at the last minute
- The Liverpool midfielder was forced to withdraw from the match day squad
- Thiago awoke on Saturday complaining of serious pain in his ear ahead of Forest
- Jurgen Klopp admitted he had to significantly altar his plans after the news
Jurgen Klopp was forced to alter his plans for Saturday’s game at Nottingham Forest when influential midfielder Thiago Alcantara needed an emergency trip to hospital after complaining of serious ear problems.
Klopp revealed that Thiago had woken up at 5.15am in agony and called for the team doctor who informed the Liverpool manager an hour later the Spanish international needed to go to hospital for checks.
He was later driven back to Merseyside while his team-mates fell to a 1-0 defeat at The City Ground with Curtis Jones taking Thiago’s place in the centre of the park for his first start of the season.
Jurgen Klopp revealed that he had been forced into the late change due to Thiago’s condition in the early hours
‘It wasn’t in my thoughts to have Curtis playing from the start but Thiago woke up at 5.15am with the pain of a bad ear infection. Later he had to go to hospital and then we drove him back after that,’ said Klopp.
Without their playmaker, Liverpool uncharacteristically played a 4-4-2 but Klopp felt his side should still have won their third game on the trot after a poor start to the season.
‘We had to make a lot of changes and it was not a free-flowing performances. We made wrong passes in the centre.’ he said.
Curtis Jones came into the team – a major change in the manager’s plans from the week
‘It is a game we needed to win and we could have done by doing the right stuff. We didn’t and that is why we lost. We didn’t use our moments well. We had six clear chances from set pieces.’
‘We have played three games of high intensity in six days. We have to go the full distance in midweek and Saturday again. We can not change that but result-wise we should have showed more consistency today.’
Liverpool face Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday and then Leeds on Saturday night when Klopp is likely to be banned from the touchline after accepting an FA charge of improper conduct relating to the City win last weekend.
Thiago was forced to withdraw from the Liverpool squad for Nottingham Forest due to an ear infection
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