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Sport Fabinho still in contention for West Ham game

14:15  10 august  2018
14:15  10 august  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Klopp: Henderson key despite Fabinho, Keita signings

  Klopp: Henderson key despite Fabinho, Keita signings Naby Keita and Fabinho strengthening Liverpool's midfield options will not mean Jordan Henderson is sidelined, says Jurgen Klopp.Jurgen Klopp claims Jordan Henderson will remain a key part of Liverpool's midfield despite the arrivals of Fabinho and Naby Keita.

Deadline Day drama for Ings, Origi could stay put. Fabinho a doubt for West Ham game . He has managed to force himself into contention for the visit of the Hammers.

As one would expect from a Klopp signing, there is more to Fabinho 's game than that. The Liverpool boss has already outlined the player's ability to operate as a number six or a number eight, while his Monaco counterpart Leonardo Jardim highlighted Fabinho 's Merc: Ferrari still have the power.

Jurgen Klopp says that Fabinho is still in contention to play against West Ham this weekend after his scan showed no significant injury.

The Brazilian missed training on Thursday after picking up a slight muscle issue during the 3-1 friendly win over Torino, but after getting the injury assessed, it seems like there is no significant issue.

However, the new arrival did miss an entire session as he was feeling unwell, so it is not yet guaranteed that he will be involved, but he will continue to be assessed.

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Speaking about the midfielder at his pre-match press conference, Klopp said:

Klopp: Henderson still key for Liverpool despite Fabinho and Keita signings

  Klopp: Henderson still key for Liverpool despite Fabinho and Keita signings Two key signings mean that the fight for midfield places is fiercer than ever at Anfield, but the England star will continue to play a big roleJurgen Klopp claims Jordan Henderson will remain a key part of Liverpool's midfield despite the arrivals of Fabinho and Naby Keita.

GETTY. Liverpool news: Fabinho may not be fit to face West Ham on Sunday. The £43m summer signing from Monaco picked up a knock in the Reds’ 3-1 win over Torino on Tuesday – their final pre-season game .

Gaming . However, Fabinho is a serious doubt for Sunday’s clash with West Ham after it was confirmed that the midfielder had picked up a separate illness.

“You all know he went for a scan. It came back clear. It was just a check-up. He was ill when he returned so we sent him home.”

Although Klopp did say that Jordan Henderson was in good shape after his late arrival back with the squad, it seems like the manager has not yet decided if his captain is ready to play from the start. Ideally, he’ll want Fabinho fit and ready to play as the number six, but the option of using Henderson is still on the table.

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Fabinho praises Liverpool's strength in depth .
Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has insisted that he is not fazed by the competition for places in the Reds’ starting line-up, hailing the squad depth as ‘really good’. Jurgen Klopp has a vast amount of midfield options at his disposal this season following the arrivals of Fabinho from Monaco and Naby Keita from RB Leipzig this summer. Fabinho enjoyed an involved role in Liverpool’s pre-season preparations ahead of the 2018/19 campaign but was denied his first start for the Reds after being set back with illness in the build-up to the fixture. James Milner operated in the midfield alongside Keita and Georginio Wijnaldum, with Fabinho left as an unused substitute. However, speaking to Premier League Productions after the match, as cited by the club’s official website, Fabinho insisted that he has been left impressed by the quality shared among Liverpool’s midfield options, with competition for places as strong as ever. “When I came to Liverpool I knew this competition would exist in midfield and I think it’s really good for the team. If anything happens to a player, there’s adequate cover. During pre-season I played alongside a variety of different players and we blended really well. So, overall, I think it’s a good thing for the team.” “My midfield partners have given me guidance and assistance, as have the defence. I knew [my role] would change and I feel I’ve adapted well. You seek guidance and help from the players around you and that has worked really well up until now.” Following such a rampant display against West Ham, Klopp is sure to have a difficult time in accommodating Fabinho in the starting line-up against Crystal Palace on Monday night.

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