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Klopp Sweat Over Fabinho Injury

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Fabinho is the latest Liverpool defender to suffer injury

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp suffered another injury blow with Fabinho joining Virgil van Dijk on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Midtjylland.

 

Midfielder Fabinho has been filling in for Van Dijk in the centre of defence since the Dutchman suffered a serious knee injury in the Merseyside derby against Everton.

 

“It’s exactly the last thing we needed,” Klopp said, after Fabinho limped off in the first-half of the 2-0 win.

 

“I know he felt a hamstring, and that is not good. He said he could have played on but no sprints, which doesn’t help. We will see, we will know more after a scan but clearly it isn’t good,” he added.

 

With centre-back Joel Matip also ruled out with injury, Klopp brought on teenager Rhys Williams to partner Joe Gomez at the back.

 

“Rhys Williams is only 19 years old and I think he’s played more Champions League games than Premier League games—that is rare,” Klopp added. “We are doing really well but it is a shock for the team because now we have to sort that injury.”

 

Klopp accepted that the Premier League champions were in a difficult period.

 

The injury is likely to rule Fabinho out of Brazil’s November World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Uruguay.

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