Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp said that Fabinho’s injury was “the last thing we need”.
The Brazilian player’s injury, during yesterday’s match against Midtland in the European Champions League, exacerbated the problems of the English team’s defense.
Fabinho was forced to leave the match, which was held on Liverpool land and won by the hosts, 2-0, after he injured his leg.
With this, Fabinho joined the list of injured Liverpool players, which also includes Virgil van Dyck and Jules Matip.
Fabinho, the midfielder, was filling the void left by Van Dyck’s absence at the center of the defense since he seriously injured his knee in the match in which Liverpool faced their traditional club Everton on 17 October.
In response to a question about Fabinho’s injury, Klopp said, “He felt a pain in his leg tendon, and this is not good.”
“He said he could have continued playing, but he would not be able to run quickly, which would not have helped us. We will see, and we will know more after the results of the tests appear. But it is clear that it is not good.”
Klopp sent 19-year-old Reese Williams as a substitute for Fabinho in the defense, accompanied by Joe Gomez. Last season, Williams was loaned by North Kidderminster Harriers, who play in the sixth division in England.
“We are doing very well, but (Fabinho’s injury) was a shock to the team, and we have to deal with this injury,” added Klopp, whose team leads Group D in the Champions League competition by two points.
What are Klopp’s options for center defense?
Liverpool faces a problem that is the lack of options available to the team to fill the center of defense with players who have sufficient fitness and experience, especially since the team’s schedule is full of important matches.
In addition to losing prominent player Van Dyck most of the rest of the season, Klopp has not been able to bring Matip back into training since his injury in the match against Everton.
“I don’t know,” Klopp said, in response to a question about the possibility that Matip would be physically fit to participate in Liverpool’s next match against West Ham next Saturday.
“If this match is one of the last matches of the season, we may be able to involve one of them, but we are facing another match three days later (from the West Ham match), and the players need to be well prepared,” he added.
Klopp mentioned the player Nathaniel Phillips in his press conference after Liverpool’s victory over the Danish team on Tuesday evening.
The 23-year-old Phillips had made his first match in the first row of Liverpool on the fifth of last January, in the match in which the team faced its local opponent Everton in the framework of the FA Cup, before being loaned to the German club Stuttgart A contract that continues until the end of the current season.
“We have alternatives that are very young and lack the necessary experience, but at the present time we will have to use one of these alternatives,” Klopp told reporters.
“But Reese did a very good match,” he said.
Who is Reese Williams?
Williams participated for the first time in Liverpool’s first row on September 24, in the match that the team fought against Lincoln City in the context of the English League Cup, in which the “Reds” won 7-2.
Williams, who was born in the northern English city of Preston, signed his first professional contract with Liverpool in February 2019.
Liverpool’s youth coach, Gary O’Neill, told the BBC: “The years that Reese spent at the Liverpool academy had given him a good foundation, and he is a good defender.”
He went on to say, “He was loaned to the Kidderminster team last season, and he benefited from what he learned in the academy, and playing with a team like this gives the player more experience and roughness.”
He added, “The injuries sustained by the first team (Liverpool) accelerated his participation in the first row, and I hope that he is worthy of the mission.”
“Liverpool is full of amazing professional players who will help him integrate into the first team smoothly.”
“There are players like Jordan Henderson and James Milner who will embrace him and make him adapt to the team.”
“I think he will definitely do well.”
“Klopp will enjoy this the exam”
Former Liverpool player Adam Lallana has expressed his belief that Klopp will use Fabinho’s misfortune as a challenge to him as he prepares for a series of important matches.
After Saturday’s meeting with West Ham, the Reds will head to Italy to face Atalanta in the Champions League, before they face Manchester City on November 8th.
“(Klopp) will not resort to any excuses, but will accept the challenge face to face. It will be a test, but the young people (Liverpool players) will unite and cooperate with each other,” Lallana told BT Sports Network.
He concluded by saying, “Klopp enjoys these tests, and will be more enthusiastic in facing them.”