Liverpool dealt injury blow ahead of Merseyside derby with Fabinho to miss out after failing to recover from muscle problem… but Jurgen Klopp reveals Naby Keita may be available following two-month absence
- Liverpool will be without several key players for the Merseyside derby at Anfield
- Versatile midfielder Fabinho will miss out on the clash due to a muscle problem
- Jurgen Klopp confirmed Fabinho is yet to return to full training due to the issue
- Naby Keita is likely to be available, though, after returning from two months out
Jurgen Klopp has revealed Liverpool midfielder Fabinho will miss out on this weekend’s Merseyside derby clash with Everton due to his muscle problem.
The 27-year-old has often been forced to step in at centre back with the champions hit with a host of injuries – but is a key absentee for the crunch encounter at Anfield.
Boss Klopp was hopeful the Brazil international would have been able to recover from the issue in time to feature, having missed out on the last two fixtures.
Jurgen Klopp revealed Liverpool star Fabinho will miss out on the weekend’s Merseyside derby
However, Fabinho is yet to return to full training, meaning Ozan Kabak – the January signing from Schalke – is likely to keep his place.
Liverpool have been handed a boost ahead of the game, though, with midfielder Naby Keita likely to be available after his two-month spell on the sidelines.
‘Naby trained yesterday so we have to see,’ Klopp said. ‘Naby could have been in the squad v Leipzig but it didn’t make sense because he only trained twice, then unfortunately he got ill and couldn’t train until yesterday.
‘Fab was not in training. Nothing really new. Fab, Milly (James Milner), Diogo (Jota) are getting closer but not enough for the weekend.’
But Naby Keita is likely to be available after returning from his two-month spell on the sidelines
Keita is more likely to be named on the bench due to his lack of match sharpness.
Klopp’s team earned a hard-fought win at RB Leipzig in midweek to place one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Their form in the Premier League leaves much to be desired, however, after three straight defeats at Anfield all but ended any hopes of them retaining their crown.
With plenty on the line for both halves of Merseyside on Saturday, Klopp is aware that tensions on the field will be high.
Klopp said he wants his players to channel anger in the right way due to lingering frustrations
Virgil van Dijk had ruptured his ACL after a collision with Jordan Pickford in the reverse fixture
But he is keen for his players to channel their anger in the right way, with injustice still felt at the club after the horror injury sustained by Virgil van Dijk.
Van Dijk was clattered by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in a highly-charged meeting at Goodison Park. The collision saw the towering Dutchman rupture his ACL.
Klopp added: ‘Nothing will be carried to tomorrow, that’s how it is.
‘A week later, two weeks later, three weeks later after we got the diagnosis [on Van Dijk] and all these kind of things, it was good we didn’t play Everton immediately again, let me say it like this.’
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