And the Reds’ manager has hinted that Andy Robertson could be a shock solution to his problems in the central defender’s match against West Ham on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Fabinho will not be present when Liverpool travel to Manchester City next Sunday.
Klopp revealed when he believes Fabinho will return, when he made a tactical change for West Ham
Joel Matip could still be made ready to play on November 8, but Klopp confirmed that Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, who had to be reassigned in a new role in the absence of Van Dijk and Matip, would be suspended until after the international break.
The champion is visiting Etihad for one of the biggest games on the calendar next week, but will do so in the middle of a defensive crisis due to the injuries of Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho.
Klopp hopes, however, that the 27-year-old can return to the defensive when the Reds are back in action against Leicester in Anfield on 21 November.
Klopp said: “Whether or not it is a ‘minor’ hamstring injury is not important, but he will certainly be back after the international break.
With Fabinho and Matip both cancelled for the visit to West Ham on Saturday night, Klopp has a number of options at the heart of his defence.
“We just don’t know exactly when. But yes, it is a small thing, not something that will put him out of action for an eternity”.
19-year-old Rhys Williams replaced Fabinho in Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over FC Midtjylland in the Champions League, while his youth colleagues Billy Koumetio and Nat Phillips also train with the senior national team.
Klopp hinted that a number of his midfielders as well as left-back Robertson would be considered for the match against David Moyes’ Hammers in the inside half.
“I’ve known Nat the longest, and since I’ve known him, I’ve been very pleased with his development,” said Klopp.
“There were many clubs that were interested in him, but due to the coronavirus crisis nobody had the money to pay for it in the end.
“He has taken big, big steps and is an exceptional character. The small problem was that we were all convinced at that time [he would go].
“So now he can’t sit on the bench in the Champions League, but he’s available for the Premier League like all three of them, but now we have to make a decision.
“We have other options like Henderson or Gini (Wijnaldum) or James (Milner) or Robbo, he can also play at halftime.
“We expected him to leave the club, to be honest, but thank God he didn’t. That’s the reason why he’s not in the Champions League squad, the only reason.