Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has issued good news on the fitness of Fabinho, whose injury is not as bad as first feared. The Brazilian limped off in midweek in the 2-0 Champions League win over FC Midtjylland at Anfield clutching his hamstring.
Scans have revealed that the problem is not as serious as anticipated but it will keep him out of Saturday’s clash with West Ham.
Fabinho has been filling in at centre-back in the absence of Virgil van Dijk and has marshalled Liverpool to two clean sheets in three successive wins.
Now youngster Rhys Williams could be thrown in at the deep end against the Hammers, who will be without danger man Michail Antonio.
Klopp’s dilemma is defence may only be a short-term issue though, now he has handed supporters an update on Fabinho’s fitness.
The Liverpool boss said on the former Monaco man: “He’s got a little injury. Out for the weekend and probably slightly longer.”
Liverpool are refusing to put a timeframe on the return Van Dijk after confirming that he underwent successful knee surgery.
“The surgery was successful – the best news you can get. He’s as good as he can be,” Klopp said.
“I don’t think it’s the scenario or place to talk about personal things.
“He’s a quick healer and a pain-coper. All these things, they help.”