Liverpool duo James Milner and Fabinho are both doubts for the Merseyside derby clash against Everton, according to reports.
This comes from Goal. They say the midfield pair have been ruled out for tonight’s game against RB Leipzig, and are in a race against time to feature at Anfield on Sunday.
Fabinho, 27, has been out of action since the defeat against Manchester City earlier this month. The Brazil international is currently nursing a muscle issue.
Meanwhile, Milner, 35, sustained a hamstring problem during the 3-1 loss against Leicester City on Saturday.
Jürgen Klopp told the BBC: “Hamstring, I think. That’s what he said. He felt only a little bit but he didn’t want to take the risk, we didn’t want to take the risk, so we took him off.
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“We’ll see how it develops, but yeah, hamstring.”
What RTK has to say
This represents a huge setback from a Liverpool perspective. The absence of Fabinho, in particular, could come at a huge cost, with Jordan Henderson likely to continue as a makeshift defender.
And as a result, Liverpool are no closer to finding a long-term sustainable defensive solution at the back. Henderson’s absence in midfield is too hard felt to continually utilise him out of position.
Fabinho, too, is another player who brings too much to Jurgen Klopp’s midfield to play out of position. His reported unavailability could come at a huge cost, then.
So, it seems that Jurgen Klopp will be forced to rely on the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Georginio Wijnaldum and Curtis Jones to inspire a much-needed derby victory.