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With Van Dijk likely to miss most, if not all, of the season and his colleague Joel Matip suffering from fitness problems of his own, Fabinho’s condition will be of concern to Liverpool fans.
The Brazilian, who stepped in as central defender in the absence of the injured Virgil van Dijk, was replaced by Rhys Williams in the first half of the 2-0 win.
Liverpool’s Champions League win over Midtjylland gave rise to renewed concern as Fabinho left the field early due to a hamstring problem.
“Of course we have to wait after a scan. You know, in these times, when someone has a muscle problem and it’s quite rare, the doctor calls me the next morning and says it’s a false alarm, everything is fine and he can walk again,” Klopp said.
And the update from Jürgen Klopp will not be very reassuring for the fans, because the Reds are preparing for the game against West Ham United this weekend.
“Yes, it is absolutely not cool, but that is the situation.
“So now it’s just a question of how long, that’s all. Now a week means three games, 10 days means four, 14 days means seven games and all those things, so that’s the way it is.
Klopp had made a number of changes from the team that defeated Sheffield United on Saturday without Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino competing against the Danish team.
Liverpool had to fight for the win against Midtjylland, with Diogo Jota coming out of the deadlock in the 55th minute of the Champions League draw, before Mohamed Salah took a late penalty to win.
“If you were to observe Liverpool and our situation, you would know that this was not a sign of disrespect for Midtjylland,” Klopp said.
However, the Liverpool manager claimed that the changes did not represent a lack of respect for the opposition, which he praised for its organization and discipline.
The Liverpoolers have cause for concern in the central defender area, as Virgil van Dijk has suffered long-term damage and Joel Matip and Fabinho have suffered their own setbacks.
“The line-up we chose should show the respect we have for them, because we desperately needed fresh legs. We needed every new leg we could get with the five possible substitutions”.