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Sport Klopp admits 'it's not nice' to leave out Fabinho

13:50  14 september  2018
13:50  14 september  2018 Source:

Fabinho progress satisfies Liverpool boss Klopp

  Fabinho progress satisfies Liverpool boss Klopp Fabinho is yet to make his first competitive appearance for Liverpool, but Jurgen Klopp has no doubt he will be involved soon.Jurgen Klopp is satisfied by Fabinho's progress at Liverpool despite not yet handing a debut to the Brazil midfielder.

fabinho - cropped: Liverpool midfielder Fabinho © Provided by Goal Liverpool midfielder Fabinho

Jurgen Klopp has defended his decision to keep Fabinho out of his Liverpool team but admits it is "not nice" to tell him he will not be playing.

Fabinho has only once been in the matchday squad for a Premier League game since his reported £39million move from Monaco.

Klopp's exclusion of the Brazil international from his plans has raised eyebrows, particularly given the injuries to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and defender Dejan Lovren.

However, the Liverpool manager insists it is part of a long-term plan to help Fabinho acclimatise to his plans.

He told a news conference: "I don't like to compare players, but I think we had similar questions about Robbo [Andrew Robertson], about Oxlade. Did Sadio [Mane] play from the beginning? I'm not sure.

Klopp delivers an update on when Fabinho will make his Reds debut

  Klopp delivers an update on when Fabinho will make his Reds debut Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Fabinho will get his chance to impress at Liverpool following his summer arrival, as reported by the Independent. The Brazilian international completed a big-money move to Anfield early in the summer transfer window after establishing himself as one of the most sought-after midfielders in world football. Fabinho, though, has not yet featured for Liverpool in their Premier League campaign, with Klopp even excluding him from his 18-man squads in recent times. This is nothing to do with the midfielder’s current condition nor performance, Klopp has insisted, as competition for places in the middle heat up at Anfield. “It’s good to have the situation as one might need a bit of time, or the others are more used to it. That’s the only reason. But he will come back. And now we have games every three days, and he has made big steps in the last few weeks. He could even play at the moment.” Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner are all in impressive form for the Reds, indicating that Fabinho has been made to wait for his chance ahead of a busy schedule for the team. Fabinho will now be keen to feature for Brazil as they gear up for fixtures against the United States and El Salvador. “Hopefully, now Fabinho has games with Brazil, and then after he comes back we have games, games, games. We have the whole of September a lot of games, only against top teams. We need all of the players, that’s good.” “We have come through the period where it looked like we didn’t need all of them because we played quite a consistent line-up and the level in training was high.” “That’s all cool. Hopefully, they all come back healthy as we have to use them all because of the number of games.

"It's absolutely no problem. It's not that I like to say Fabinho is full of energy and I tell him he's not involved. It's not nice.

"He came from another league, a completely different system and we have a good team together so that takes time, but the plan is still he will make us better so, from my point of view, it's all fine.

"I know the situation is not like people expected. I can't change that."

Whether or not Fabinho gets his chance, Klopp does hope to have Lovren and Adam Lallana fit again soon as Liverpool prepare for a packed run of fixtures.

Centre-back Lovren has been struggling with a stomach problem, while Lallana suffered a groin injury that forced him to withdraw from the England squad this month.

"The most difficult [thing] is when you don't have a lot of players," said Klopp.

Klopp discusses Fabinho's situation at Liverpool

  Klopp discusses Fabinho's situation at Liverpool Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been discussing why Fabinho has not yet made his debut for the club. The Brazilian international joined in a big-money deal during the summer transfer window, as the Reds fended off competition from elsewhere to recruit Fabinho from AS Monaco. However, with four games of the Premier League season already played, Fabinho has not been involved yet and has been notably absent from matchday squads. Klopp was again quizzed on Fabinho’s current predicament at Anfield. Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Wembley to face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, as quoted by talkSPORT, the Reds boss likened the midfielder’s situation to the opening periods of Andy Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s respective Liverpool careers. “I don’t like to compare players. But, to be honest, we had similar questions and similar things to talk about around Robbo and about Ox. I don’t like the situation; it’s not that I like to say to Fabinho, who is full of energy and desire and wants to be involved, ‘you are not involved this weekend’. That’s not nice, it’s only the job to do sometimes.” With the international break at its conclusion, the start of a hectic fixture list begins for Liverpool and Klopp is sure to call on his sizable first-team squad to push through the busy period. In this spell, Fabinho could be awarded his Liverpool bow, with rotation likely to be prominent. “We have players that worked together now for much longer; he comes from another league, a completely different system which Monaco played, to us.

"I really hope he [Lovren] is back as soon as possible. When Adam is back, we have the squad together, and that will be the first time.

"Adam, it's not too serious but he's not available for the weekend and maybe not next week.

"It feels like we have 500 games in the next seven weeks. I hope I have them all fit, and I don't have to make a difficult decision."

Liverpool face Tottenham on Saturday looking to keep up their 100 per cent record in this season's Premier League.

Club great Graeme Souness recently claimed this team is the best he has seen since their last title-winning side of 1990, but Klopp is wary of such praise putting too much pressure on his players.

"The problem legends sometimes have is they want to say something positive and put immediate pressure on us. Thank you, Graeme!" He said.

"I don't know the team from 1990, I know Germany were the World Cup winners that year. We need to be really good because all the other teams are so good.

"Football changed a lot in the last 30 years, shirts got tighter and the game got quicker, so you can't compare the teams, really. We have to be as good as possible to reach the highest for us. I don't know what that is."

Klopp confident in Fabinho .
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has backed £44m man Fabinho to impress after naming him in the starting XI against Chelsea. The Reds face Chelsea in the League Cup and Fabinho has been handed his first start of the season for the clash. Fabinho joined Liverpool for £44m from AS Monaco in the summer, but Fabinho has been held back from starting before this game. Speaking to Liverpool’s website, Klopp said this about Fabinho: “I can imagine the eyes are now on him pretty much after the transfer in the summer and he didn’t play so far, but as normal as he can [play] would be the best way.” “He cannot be settled, but it’s a good thing that Millie, Naby and Fabinho played together in this formation in pre-season. That was one reason for the line-up to make it a bit easier, but in the end we know he is a good footballer so it is not a proper test for him.” “We hope he can immediately show how good he is.” Fabinho will now be hoping to impress and prove that he has what it takes to force his way into Liverpool’s Premier League team.

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