Jurgen Klopp has been offered a ray of hope in his current injury nightmare with news that Fabinho’s injury is not as serious as first feared.
The versatile Brazil international underwent a scan on Wednesday morning after limping out of the Champions League game against Midtjylland with what appeared a serious hamstring injury.
A grade-three tear would rule the midfielder out for up to six months and be a hammer blow for Klopp who is already without Virgil van Dijk.
But scans show it is not as serious, and only a grade one or two, which means he could well be back straight after the upcoming international break.
Such is the congestion of the fixture list, it would mean the Brazilian could still miss at least three matches – and big ones, too – with the Reds facing West Ham and Manchester City in the Premier League and a Champions League visit to Atalanta in between.
Klopp has few options for the visit of West Ham to Anfield on Saturday, with the manager revealing that Joel Matip may not be risked for the game, after only returning to light training this week.
But he hinted the big defender could be back next week, which would ease his worries.
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He does have Jordan Henderson available though, despite his substitution at half-time during the Midtjylland game, and the skipper has covered at centre-half before.
The Reds boss also has three inexperienced defenders in his squad, with 19-year-old Rhys Williams performing admirably as a replacement for Fabinho on Tuesday night.
Klopp saluted the youngster, who has never made a Premier League appearance for Liverpool, and his team-mates were quick to give him a new nick name, with Andy Robertson, Diogo Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri all praising the “big man” in social media posts.
The manager, though, hinted that more experienced defender Nathaniel Phillips could play a part on Saturday against the Hammers, after the 23-year-old spent a season on loan in the Bundesliga.