Jurgen Klopp will give Fabinho every chance to prove his fitness ahead of Saturday’s Merseyside derby with Everton, according to reports.
This comes from David Lynch, per This Is Anfield. They say that the Brazilian midfielder is not yet completely ruled out of the Premier League encounter.
Indeed, Fabinho is still a major doubt, but the fact there is still an ounce of hope gives a cause to believe that the issue isn’t as serious as perhaps originally feared.
Lynch reports that Fabinho would have to make significant progress over the next 48 hours to be within a shout of a starting berth against the Toffees.
Liverpool have been without the services of Fabinho since he sustained a muscle injury ahead of last weekend’s defeat at Leicester City.
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The report adds that the Reds are wary of rushing the 27-year-old back into action following a three-game absence prior to the clash with Manchester City earlier this month.
The same approach has been implemented with Naby Keita, who recently recovered from a muscle issue.
Keita, 26, hasn’t been made available to Klopp since the pre-Christmas mauling at Selhurst Park on December 19.
There was hope that the Guinean midfielder could make a return to the bench on Tuesday during Liverpool’s encounter with RB Leipzig.
However, medical staff indicated they would prefer to get Keita as fit as possible before placing him back in the first-team picture.
A sense of caution
A similar approach, then, could be implemented with Fabinho to avoid any further setbacks.
Luckily for Klopp, Jordan Henderson and Ozan Kabak look to have built up momentum together at the heart of Liverpool’s defence following an impressive display in midweek.
The centre-back pairing will likely be reinstated together when Carlo Ancelotti’s team make the short trip across Stanley Park.
According to Lynch, Fabinho should be available for the trip to Sheffield United on Sunday, February 28.
Meanwhile, Liverpool can expect a further boost for the return leg against Leipzig following reports that Diogo Jota is expected to be available for the Anfield clash on March 10.