Jurgen Klopp confirmed Fabinho will miss Saturday’s trip to Leicester with a “little muscle issue”, while the Liverpool boss has backed Alisson Becker to bounce back from his mistakes against Manchester City.
Fabinho returned for Liverpool in the 4-1 home defeat to City last weekend, but the fresh muscle problem rules him out of the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday, the opening Premier League match of the weekend which sees third host fourth at the King Power Stadium.
Asked whether Deadline Day signings Ozan Kabak or Ben Davies could debut at centre-back, Klopp admitted he was wary of the threat posed by Leicester’s “world-class” striker Jamie Vardy.
“Jamie is obviously a proper challenge in this league. We can only do that with the whole team, you have to avoid the passes to him. He’s a world-class player for sure, in a specific area of the pitch and with his speed that’s really tricky.
“With the boys, we’ve had some sessions together where we could work on this defensive setup, and that’s very important, but we have as well other players available. Nate Phillips did really well together with Hendo [Jordan Henderson] and Fab.
“Fab will not be available by the way, he suffered again a little muscle issue so will be out for this game. So we have to find a solution, all of them had the chance this week to show in training who’s ready, so I have to make a decision tomorrow.”