Fabinho out again as Klopp ponders debut for Liverpool new boy; Jota update

Date published: Friday 12th February 2021 12:15 - Robert McCarthy

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Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Fabinho faces another spell on the sidelines after picking up a ‘little’ muscle injury.

The midfielder turned centre-back returned to the Liverpool side for last weekend’s heavy defeat to Manchester City.

However, he faces a spell out again, with Klopp confirming the news at his press conference for Saturday’s clash with Leicester.

The German must now decide whether to hand a debut to one of his January signings, Ozan Kabak or Ben Davies, or turn to Nat Phillips or Rhys Williams again.

However, Klopp is confident that Kabak will be able to cope with the pressure of facing Jamie Vardy this weekend – if he starts.

He said: “Jamie (Vardy) is a proper challenge & it’s a proper job to do. We had some sessions together where we could work on defensive sessions.”

Kabak’s task may be easier with no fans in the stadium to judge him, but Klopp does not see it that way.

He added: “I enjoy every fan in the stadium. I never saw it as pressure. But if you make a mistake you hear the whole noise of the crowd, that isn’t nice. But he is used to playing in front of big crowds.”

Jota, Keita fitness updates

The Reds boss also gave an update on the fitness of Naby Keita and Diogo Jota ahead of the game.

Klopp said: “Diogo is close, but not as close as Naby. He is on the pitch as well. In rehab you have to train really intense before you get into team training.

“Diogo, 2-3 weeks maybe. That’s kind of possible. Back in full training maybe and then see how long it takes.”

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