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Klopp Explains Star Absence

Jurgen Klopp is happy with Fabinho and the decision to leave him out of the Liverpool squad that faced Brighton was a tactical one. Fabinho has been struggling to force his way into the side since arriving at Anfield in the summer and was left out of the squad completely as the Reds beat the Seagulls 1-0 on Saturday.

However Klopp was keen to point out there are no issues with the player and is delighted with the way his Brazilian signing is working hard to impress.
“We had a pre-season and he could play a lot of games,” Klopp said. “I have had it plenty of times, these talks in the 18 years or so of doing the job. I think I had talks like this 30 or 40 times.

“We are 100 per cent convinced, so everything will be fine – but sometimes it needs a bit longer. Is it then nice for the player not to be in the squad?
“No, but I have to make a squad for the matchday and not for matchday 15. That’s it, it’s all good. He had a really good training week – not that it was the first one but it was a really good one – and so, everything will be fine.”

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