Lionel Messi appears to be in an unlikely ongoing spat with Jamie Carragher, while Reds staff are excited about an addition to the team expected for January. Here's your round-up of the latest Liverpool news.

Messi and Carragher still at loggerheads?

In January of last year, Jamie Carragher revealed on CBS Sports that Messi had sent him a message. Translated, it saw the Liverpool icon being called a 'donkey' by perhaps the greatest player the sport has ever seen (we're studiously avoiding any donkey/GOAT jokes here).

That came after Carragher had questioned Messi's move to PSG and his form at the French club. Since then, the former Barcelona man has won the World Cup and moved on to Inter Miami — but it seems it might not be water under the bridge quite yet.

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Back on CBS Sports Golazo, Carragher made an impassioned case for Messi in the age-old Cristiano Ronaldo question, saying the former Manchester United man was 'nowhere near'. But host Kate Abdo could not help bringing up the 'donkey' remark — and suggested the tensions might even have stopped the Argentine star making an appearance on the show.

You know that we made an official invitation, extended one to Inter Miami, and we asked him to come on the show. Do you know what the official response was from Inter Miami?

"Am I allowed to say this? Apparently Lionel Messi will not be doing any television show that Jamie Carragher is a part of.”

Carragher took it all in his stride, dubbing it a 'claim to fame'. But it seems this unlikely (somewhat one-sided) feud might be ongoing.

Liverpool staff have discussed 'beneficial' January change

While you could be forgiving for forgetting about Thiago Alcântara entirely, the Liverpool coaching staff could certainly not be accused of that. In fact, his anticipated return in the new year has been a topic of conversation at the AXA Training Center.

Of course, nobody will be counting any chickens, with Thiago's return date pushed back time and time again. But that's the current timeframe for the midfielder, and Jürgen Klopp and his team really hope there are no further setbacks.

It may seem like Thiago would struggle to get minutes in the new-look midfield even once fit, not least because his contract is up at the end of the season. But while he may not be part of 'Liverpool 2.0', The Athletic reports that Klopp and his staff 'have discussed how beneficial Thiago's presence in midfield would have been this season."

In particular, he is admired for his ability to unlock stubborn defenses. For his part, Thiago still hopes to play a role in Liverpool's push for silverware this season.