Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted losing Fabinho to injury was the ‘last thing’ his side needed after Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for the season.
The Brazilian limped out of Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Midtjylland with a hamstring strain.
Fabinho will have a scan on the injury tomorrow but he’s expected to miss the next week at a minimum.
With Joel Matip and Van Dijk currently sidelined, Joe Gomez is the club’s only fit, recognised centre-back heading into Saturday’s clash against West Ham.
However, Klopp is confident that he has the solution to the problem in his squad already as the German believes one of Nat Phillips, Rhys Williams – who came on for Fabinho – or Billy Koumetio could fill in for Fabinho at the back.
‘Rhys Williams did really well – that was really good,’ said Klopp.
‘He was commanding, he was chatty – it was a really good game from him.
‘The only problem we have now is that there are four days until West Ham, and every day you [the media] will make a story about him and he’ll have to deal with that as well
‘He is a talent, he is 19. 2 Champions League appearances and he’s won both. Promising.
‘But we have Nat Phillips [for the Premier League] – he’s a centre-back. Billy [Koumetio] – he will train too.’
After a relatively injury-free campaign last term, Liverpool have been badly hit this term and they’re set to be without Thiago Alcantara and Naby Kieta against the Hammers.
There was good news on the pitch as goals from Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah kept up the Reds’ 100% start to their Champions League campaign.
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