Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has once again talked about Fabinho’s playing situation at the club.
The Brazilian was signed for £40m from Monaco in the summer but has started just once, in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup last month.
When asked about Fabinho’s progress, Klopp explained he has dealt with numerous players over the years who have had to adapt to his methods, and he is confident that the 24-year-old is closing in on a first-team breakthrough:
“[He is] close. I didn’t see him for 10 days so that’s not the best thing to judge exactly how he is. But he is very close, he is never far away.”
“We spoke about it that he needs to get used to different things – that’s how it is for all the players. I had this situation so often, I can’t believe how often.”
With Naby Keita sidelined with a hamstring injury and James Milner touch and go for the game against Huddersfield, the Brazilian international could be given his first Premier League start this evening.
However, Klopp does have Adam Lallana back fit and available for selection following a groin problem. The England international could line up alongside Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson in midfield instead of Fabinho if Milner is not fit to start at the John Smiths’ Stadium.