The Reds’ defensive injury problems deepened in their 2-0 win over Midtjylland.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was uncertain about the severity of Fabinho‘s injury after the Brazilian came off in the first half of the 2-0 home win over Midtjylland in the Champions League
The Reds’ most current defensive obstacle occurred the half- hour mark when Fabinho– dipping into centre-back once again in the lack of Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip– had to be replaced having actually brought up while running.
When asked later on what the early indications remained in terms of the intensity of Fabinho’s injury, Klopp stated: “I don’t know. You know, muscle injuries are like this – you get the result, but tomorrow morning probably. So we have to wait for that.”
Both Van Dijk and Matip sustained injuries in the 2-2 draw at Everton on October 17– the former a knee problem that is set to sideline him for a number of months.
Liverpool’s Diogo Jota scores his side’s first goal (Phil Noble/PA)
Asked if Matip might be offered for Saturday’s home clash with West Ham, Klopp stated: “I don’t know, we have to see”.
Fabinho was changed by 19-year-old Rhys Williams, who made his 4th senior appearance and is yet to play in the Premier League.
Klopp stated of Williams: “He did really well. The only problem we have now is we have four days to the West Ham game and you will make every day a story of him and then he has to prove he can deal with that as well, because the vibe was calm around him.”
Weighing up other alternatives from the fringes of his squad, Klopp also discussed Nathaniel Phillips and Billy Koumetio and stated: “We have very young and unskilled options, and at the minute it looks like we have to select one of them.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scores from the spot (Michael Regan/PA)
“I don’t know yet – but to be really clear and positive, Rhys was not in one situation tonight our problem, he played a really good game.”
Klopp– who verified his withdrawal of Jordan Henderson at half- time was as he had actually prepared prior to the match– decided not to start with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Hair or Roberto Firmino for the Champions League Group D contest.
What followed was an underwhelming first-half show from the hosts as they failed to sign up a shot on target.
Diogo Jota then put Liverpool ahead in the 55th minute with a close-range finish, and after Midtjylland had actually two times gone close to equalising, Salah– having actually begun in addition to Hair on the hour– added a penalty in stoppage time.
Asked by a Danish press reporter if the changes he made were a sign of ignoring the visitors, Klopp stated: “If you saw a bit more Liverpool then you would understand how our situation is and after that you would not think this today is a sign for not appreciating Midtjylland.
” The line-up we picked was to show the regard we had for Midtjylland, due to the fact that we required fresh legs frantically.
“I think if you watched the game then you saw we needed each fresh leg we could get, and with the five possible changes, we could then finish the game off.”
Liverpool’s Rhys Williams and FC Midtjylland‘s Mikael Anderson (left) fight for the ball (Phil Noble/PA)
While it is 2 wins from 2 games for Liverpool in the swimming pool, group phase debutants Midtjylland have actually suffered 2 beats.
However boss Brian Priske was positive after the match, in which Anders Dreyer and Evander went close to scoring.
“I’m happy with our performance. We showed each other and the world we are able to compete with these guys,” he stated.
“Whether or not a few of the star players were not starting, we showed the world that we can compete here in the Champions League, and I think we played well.”