Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted new signing Fabinho is not yet ready to play in the Premier League.
The Brazilian signed for the Reds from Monaco this summer in a £44m deal, serving as their first major signing of the transfer window.
His arrival sparked a large amount of excitement around the club, as Fabinho is rated as one of the best defensive midfielders in the game.
But things haven’t quite gone to plan for the 24-year-old, who is still yet to make his Liverpool debut.
The midfielder was an unused substitute in the opening victory against West Ham and he was left out of the squad altogether for the following two wins over Crystal Palace and Brighton.
It has left many fans wondering what might be going on with their new midfield general, but Klopp has been quick to reveal the real reason behind why the star is yet to appear in the league.
“It is about players understanding the position and who else is available as well – otherwise Fabinho would have been involved in the squad, as he was in the first week,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“That is it. It is different football to what he is used to but he is improving already with big steps. I can see that in the sessions and that is cool.
“You see Andy Robertson running around here at Melwood now and he’s a completely different person to the one who was here in the first three months. That’s how it is, but everything will be fine.
“Fabinho is used to playing at a high level in France. It is not about who we play but about how we play. For sure it is not nice for a new player. It never was but it is all fine.”