Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp is preparing for an exciting start for Fabinho's fitness after the midfielder picked up a thigh injury in Liverpool's Champions League draw with Napoli.
The 26-year-old Brazilian has emerged as one of the unbeaten legends of Klopp, who comfortably leads the way with eight points at the top of the Premier League.
Fabinho suffered an ankle injury during the 1-1 Champions League draw against Napoli, and the result leaves the champions needing a point in the final group game against Salzburg to guarantee take progress.
Klopp was looking for victory against the Italian side, to ensure that at least one of the matches he played during this turbulent tournament could be treated as dead.
But the Liverpool manager has strong concerns when Fabinho had already pulled out of the ground.
Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum said the injury to Fabinho, from AS Monaco in July 2018, would be a "big blow", with Liverpool involved in four competitions in December.
But he added: "We just have to show that it doesn't affect us. Over the years we have seen tough injuries and tough positions (like) last season when we didn't have the right defense, we just have to deal with it so we'll see. "
Fabinho has emerged as a key player at Anfield, filling the void left by former safety Jordan Henderson.
He has taken the time to calm down, with critics questioning Klopp's decision to bring him to Anfield.
But, once accustomed to the English game, Fabinho quickly became an integral part of the Liverpool side that would lose just one league game, defeating champions Manchester City in January.
Importantly, perhaps, Fabinho didn't start that game, coming in as a second-half substitute. Liverpool are unbeaten in a league where Lynchpin has started since arriving at the club almost 18 months ago.
Klopp has yet to provide an investigation into Thursday's injury, with reports suggesting doctors are waiting for Fabinho's ankle injury to go through before a full scan on Friday.
However, Fabinho has always been the reason to miss Saturday's game at Brighton at Anfield with a suspension, picking up five yellow cards for a one-match ban, but is expected to be out for longer. Klopp has to make a series of plans.
Fabinho's absence will be felt as psychologically as possible, with the player bringing in courage and trying the team.
His previous role of the back four has freed up another central midfielder, especially Henderson, to play a more attacking role while teammate and center-back Virgil van Dijk is right. earning his excellent performance, Fabinho's performance clearly helped.
Klopp must decide whether to bring Henderson to the role of Fabinho or to replace Dutch international Wijnaldum in a central role.
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