Thiago Alcantara sends Liverpool message after long-awaited return from injury

Thiago Alcantara has given Liverpool fans an update on his progress after he made his long-awaited return from injury on Wednesday night.

The Reds failed to make their chances count against Newcastle after facing a resilient Karl Darlow in goal.

It saw the Premier League champions draw 0-0 with the Magpies as they dropped more points away from home.

That is now just one away win in seven in the league and gives Manchester United the chance to draw level at the summit of the table.

But there was some good news after Thiago returned from injury and showcased his passing qualities.

The Spain international came on for James Milner, who was also back in action after a spell on the sidelines.

And after the match, the former Bayern Munich star sent out a message to Liverpool fans.

He tweeted: "Back on track. Time to move on. Up the reds! #YNWA."

Thiago has had a tough time this season since leaving Bayern for Liverpool in the transfer window.

Prior to the match against Newcastle, he had made just two appearances in the Premier League – failing to finish either match with 90 minutes under his belt.

But Klopp is being patient with the midfielder – who was named in the FIFA Team of the Year earlier this month.

He said: “We could see a lot of moments how good a footballer he is.

"Now we have to see how he reacts and all that stuff. We have another game in four days. James Milner played a super game in midfield after an injury break.”

Liverpool missed the chance to put some distance between them and the chasing pack in the Premier League and Klopp admitted the result has frustrated his team.

He said: "The Premier League is only good teams. We had big chances. The opposition is good and that happens all the time.

“You might not think I have to tip my hat to my team but I like the performance. It was really good.

“Can we play better football? Yes, but in this game we did more than enough to win it.

“I think we had four 100 per cent chances. We have won against Newcastle before with fewer chances. Tonight we didn’t but we accept that.

“I am happy with the things I saw tonight and I can really work with that.

“The boys are frustrated and rightly so but not about the performance. It is a basis to build on for the next few days, weeks, months.”

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