Jurgen Klopp will pair Jordan Henderson and Fabinho in defence for Liverpool’s titanic clash against Manchester City on Sunday, according to reports.
This comes from The Mirror. They say that Klopp will go with experience, fitness allowing, when Pep Guardiola and his team arrive on Merseyside this weekend.
Liverpool head into the contest in fine form following back-to-back victories against Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham, to get back on track following some shaky displays.
Fabinho, 27, missed both matches as a result of a muscle problem. The Brazilian is expected to miss Wednesday’s clash with Brighton but should return for City.
He is likely to start ahead of centre-back duo Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak, who were signed by the club on deadline day.
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Klopp on Kabak and Davies
Klopp himself said that both players will have to prove themselves before they are granted the opportunity to feature in the English champions’ starting XI.
“You don’t need to watch a Hollywood movie to see these kind of stories in football. Yesterday Preston today Liverpool, that’s a nice story already,” said Klopp of Davies, per the club’s official website.
“Ozan is pretty young but that makes it really special because he has this experience. Ben is the same, slightly older, different pathway but I like that.
“I am a big fan of chances and giving opportunities and this is an absolute chance for the club, the team and the boys as well.
“Whatever they did so far was good enough that we wanted to have them. From now we expect more, easy as that. Each single player has to make the team better – and that’s what we expect from the two boys as well.”
Both Henderson and Fabinho did an excellent job when paired together at the heart of the defence during Liverpool’s 0-0 draw against Manchester United last month.
However, there is the argument that the absence of the two midfield generals in their naturally suited roles has a more detrimental effect on the team.
Reaction to Henderson and Fabinho reports
This is certainly a worry that a number of supporters pointed out ahead of the do-or-die clash against Liverpool’s biggest title rivals.
Here are a selection of responses following the reported team news ahead of Sunday…