Liverpool defensive crisis eased by Joel Matip return to full training

Silvia Morton
January 12, 2019

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp discussed the versatility of Fabinho today as he may be looking to utilise the Brazilian's ability to play at centre-half against Brighton this weekend.

The Brazil worldwide played in the role in the FA Cup defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.

His return to training comes as a huge boost after Dejan Lovren suffered a hamstring injury against Wolves on Monday.

Joe Gomez is still sidelined with a lower leg fracture, but Matip participated in a team training session at Melwood on Thursday for the first time since fracturing his collarbone against Paris Saint-Germain last month.

"We have to decide it day by day how he is doing, I am not 100 per cent sure". He feels good, and that's good for us. "Hendo will train [on Friday] for the first time, we will see what that then means exactly".

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Asked if Lovren's injury was serious, Klopp replied: 'I don't know.

Perception is often more important than reality in modern football, and that's why Liverpool need to keep the external mood as calm as possible for as long as possible.

Alberto Moreno is now acting as the reserve left-back, but he has been very vocal in his will to leave the Merseyside club, so if Klopp was to let him go then he would need to buy a left-back in the next few weeks, and while the right-back options could fill in for the time being, it's surely worth Klopp investing on a new left-back in order to give Liverpool the best chance of claiming the title. "But we try not to make it more complicated than it is", Klopp added.

"If you have the full squad together it's massive, it's really good", he said of the lighter schedule.

"It's my preferred rhythm".

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