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Klopp admits Liverpool are still working on secrets to keeping “insane” Thiago fit

Jurgen Klopp has hailed Thiago as an “insane” talent, and with the midfielder on a key run of form, the manager has admitted the club are still exploring how to keep him fit.

After seven-and-a-half weeks out due to injury and illness, Thiago is currently on a run of five consecutive appearances for the Reds.

Throughout this period, he has been excellent, particularly against Leicester and Norwich, and the hope is that he can establish himself as a consistent figure as Klopp rotates his squad.

To do so, Thiago will need to avoid the ongoing problems he has faced since joining Liverpool from Bayern Munich in 2020, with his longest run of starts for the club standing at seven.

Ahead of the visit of Leeds on Wednesday night, which should see the No. 6 restored to the starting lineup, Klopp was asked if he believes if this is his best period with the club so far.

“I’m not so sure, I think last season, the last eight, nine games, he played pretty consistently all the games if I’m right,” the manager replied.

“Which, as I remember it, was a pretty good spell as well!”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, August 9, 2021: Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara warms-up during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Club Atlético Osasuna at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

But as Klopp addressed Thiago‘s fitness issues, he acknowledged that the club are still working towards finding the best rhythm for the 30-year-old.

“I think we all agree, Thiago agrees, there were moments when he struggled injury-wise, that’s how it is,” he continued.

“Then coming back, even with his quality it’s not that you can get rhythm all the time immediately. You can get rhythm, but not always immediately.

“It’s very helpful if you can stay fit for a longer period.

“It’s not so important if you play the first 60 [minutes], or the last 30, or 45 or whatever. We have to try to find the right intensity for him.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 19, 2022: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is replaced by substitute Thiago Alcantara during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Norwich City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Even when we work now longer together, obviously it’s still not ages and it’s not that we know absolutely everything.

“That’s why we try to – without keeping him outside when he’s ready to play – do the right things. That’s worked out now the last few games.

“That he’s a very, very good player, we were never in doubt about that. His skillset is insane.

“But it’s all about staying fit. That’s what we are working on together.”

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