Tuesday, December 1

Fabinho injury is a ‘shock for the team’ – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reveals

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss says Fabinho's injury is a 'shock for the team'

Fabinho injury was “exactly the last thing we needed”, said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after the club’s defensive problems mounted during their Champions League victory over Midtjylland.

The Brazilian joined Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip on the sidelines after pulling up with a hamstring injury during the 2-0 Group D win at Anfield.

Midfielder Fabinho has been filling in for Van Dijk in the centre of defence since the Netherlands international suffered a serious knee injury in the Merseyside derby against Everton on 17 October.

Asked about Fabinho’s injury, Klopp said: “He felt his hamstring, and that’s 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.”

Nineteen-year-old Rhys Williams, who was on loan at National League North Kidderminster Harriers in the sixth tier of English football last season, was sent on to partner Joe Gomez at the back.

“We’re doing really well but it’s a shock for a team because now we have to sort that injury,” added Klopp, whose team are two points clear at the top of Group D.

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