Jurgen Klopp has received a much needed boost with the news that Fabinho’s hamstring injury on Tuesday is not as bad as feared.
The makeshift Liverpool center-half was sent off the pitch after half an hour of the Reds’ victory over Midtjylland, exacerbating an already severe defensive injury crisis following Virgil van Dijk’s long-term injury to the ACL.
But concerns among Liverpool staff that the Brazilian suffered a third-year tear, which could keep him away for up to six months, were allayed after a scan on Wednesday showed a first-grade tear or second year, depending on The mirror.
Fabinho suffered a hamstring injury in Liverpool’s win over Midtjylland on Tuesday night
But the Brazilian shouldn’t be a long-time absent much to Jurgen Klopp’s relief
The report details that following the diagnosis, there is optimism that Fabinho could be back after the international break in November, meaning he would only miss three games.
Until then however, Klopp will face a dearth of options in the middle half, with Joe Gomez being the only fully-fit senior player currently available who naturally plays in this position.
Joel Matip is back in great shape, but he’s unlikely to be risky for the Premier League clash with West Ham at Anfield on Saturday.
Joe Gomez is currently the only fully-shaped Liverpool senior center in the first team
As a result, 23-year-old Nat Phillips could be drafted to make his debut atop the Reds.
Klopp admitted on Tuesday night that Fabinho’s injury, replacing the center-back, was “exactly the last thing we needed”.
“I don’t know… I know he felt a hamstring tendon and it’s not good,” Klopp added.
‘[He] I didn’t feel it too much, [he] said he could have played but more sprints which obviously doesn’t help in this position.
Nat Phillips could make Premier League debut at Anfield against West Ham on Saturday
Rhys Williams, 19, replaced Fabinho on Tuesday and kept a clean sheet alongside Gomez
Teenager Rhys Williams replaced Fabinho in the Champions League on Tuesday and played admirably well, but Klopp may choose to start the slightly more experienced Phillips for the clash against the Hammers in form.
Phillips spent the majority of last season playing in the Bundesliga, for VfB Stuttgart.
After the West Ham game, Klopp has to deal with difficult trips to Atalanta in the Champions League and Manchester City in the Premier League before the two-week break for the internationals.