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Friday, January 25, 2019

Jurgen Klopp receives major squad boost ahead of Leicester clash

Fabinho has handed Liverpool a timely fitness boost ahead of next week’s clash with Leicester City at Anfield.There had been fears that the Brazilian would face a spell on the sidelines after hobbling off with a hamstring issue in the 87th minute of Saturday’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace.

Liverpool are already preparing to be without James Milner due to his suspension and are meanwhile still waiting on the return of Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold from their respective injury layoffs.

This leaves Jurgen Klopp with no recognised senior right-back, seemingly making 18-year-old Rafael Camacho a leading contender to slot into the role.

Fabinho has, however, relaxed selection concerns for his manager by returning to light training during this week’s training camp in Dubai, according to the Mirror.

Fabinho has previously featured at right-back for both Monaco and Brazil, with Klopp regularly labelling him as an emergency defensive option.

The 25-year-old recently carried out a job at centre-back amid the club’s mini-injury crisis, particularly impressing in Liverpool’s 1-0 win away to Brighton.

Whilst his experience sets him in good stead to drop into the back four when necessary, Klopp will undoubtedly be keen to keep him in the holding midfield role he has started to make his own over the past two months.

Gomez could well become a late option against Leicester having been tipped to return to training at some point this week.

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