British media claimed on Tuesday that Liverpool player Thiago Alcantara will miss the rest of the season in order to have a minor procedure for a hip problem.
The Spaniard has made 28 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions this season and has only started playing again after missing two months due to a hip flexor injury.
Alcantara will be out of action as they attempt to finish in the top four of the Premier League against Fulham, Brentford, Leicester City, Aston Villa, and Southampton.
With 56 points, Liverpool is in fifth position in the Premier League, seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, which has a game remaining but has played one more game than Liverpool. The Merseyside club will take on Marco Silva's Fulham on Wednesday looking to make it five victories in a row for the first time this season.
Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, and Naby Keita were all expected to miss the match, according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
FA CHARGES KLOPP
The English Football Association reprimanded Jurgen Klopp with “improper conduct” on Tuesday for his post-game remarks about the referees in Liverpool's thrilling 4-3 victory against Tottenham.
After the game, Klopp claimed that referee Paul Tierney had something “against” Liverpool, but PGMOL, the organization that represents referees, analyzed the audio of Tierney and determined that he behaved professionally the whole time.
After sprinting down the sideline to celebrate Diogo Jota's stoppage-time victory on Sunday in front of fourth official John Brooks, the Liverpool manager was sent a yellow card by referee Paul Tierney.
Before the FA takes disciplinary action, such as a ban, Klopp has until Friday to provide a formal response.
According to the FA, the manager's remarks about the match official during post-match interviews with the media “constitute improper conduct in that they imply bias, and/or question the integrity of the referee, and/or are personal / offensive, and/or bring the game into disrepute.”
Before his team's home game against Fulham on Wednesday, Klopp said: “With all the things, I could anticipate a penalty. Refs believe I questioned their moral character, but if I'm sitting here calmly, I don't. We must wait to see what they have to say.