By Kevin Campbell

21st Sep, 2022 | 8:11am

Pundit issues 'massive' Liverpool verdict after Thiago Alcantara news confirmed

Kevin Campbell has stressed the “massive importance” of Thiago Alcantara staying at Liverpool over the international break.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton striker said the club will use the interlude to rest the 31-year-old.

On 16 September, Thiago was omitted from the Spain squad for upcoming Nations League games against Switzerland and Portugal.

The centre-midfielder has not been called up for Spain since Euro 2020.

Jurgen Klopp has been without Thiago for the majority of the 2021-22 campaign to date because of injury.

The ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich star produced a man of the match display upon his return to the starting XI against Ajax (13 September).

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When asked by Football Insider if Thiago’s absence from international duty was a boost for the Reds, Campbell said: “It is massively important.

“They can use this time to rest him and make sure he is right for when the Premier League resumes.

“I am sure the player is gutted that he is not involved with Spain but he is getting older. There is a lot of good, young midfielder in that Spain squad. Sometimes you have to take it on the chin.

“Thiago needs to concentrate on his Liverpool career. I’m sure Klopp is happy that he is staying put.”

Thiago has made 73 career appearances for Liverpool.

His contract at Anfield runs until the end of June 2024.

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