Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has provided some positive injury news by insisting Fabinho’s hamstring issue is not as bad as first feared and declaring Jordan Henderson fit to face West Ham on Saturday.
There was concern when Fabinho – who has been filling in for the absent Virgil van Dijk at centre-back – limped off after half-an-hour of the Reds’ Champions League game against Midtjylland on Wednesday clutching his hamstring.
But although he is set to miss his side’s match against West Ham, Klopp appeared confident Fabinho will be back in action after the international break, and thus will only miss a total of three games.
“Fab is not in (v West Ham), he got a little injury if you want, and he will be out for the weekend and probably slightly longer,” Klopp said.
There was further worry against Midtjylland when midfielder Jordan Henderson was replaced at half-time, but Klopp insisted he is not injured and that he was only taken off as a precaution.
He added: “Henderson doesn’t have a fitness problem. Responsible is the best word for it.
“I can count the games he’d played and we have to try to get through the period. October has been like a December, that means it’s intense, hectic. We have to make these decisions.”
Nineteen-year-old Rhys Williams looks set to make his Premier League debut and replace Fabinho this weekend.
And Klopp clearly has big faith in the player and praised the impact of elite development coach Vitor Matos on his progress.
“I can say a lot about his (Williams’) progress in the last few weeks, it’s pretty exceptional,” he said.
“It’s one of the benefits of having Vitor Matos with us. We have Billy the kid and Nat Phillips too. These are our boys. All training. We have to make a decision.”
Finally, on Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita’s injuries Klopp added: “Both are in a good way. That’s how it is with recovery.
“You saw what happened with Thiago. It needs time to settle but we don’t know exactly how long. He is desperate to make the next steps.
“If he is ready for tomorrow, we will see. It’s the same for Naby, it’s a different type of injury.”
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