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In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Newcastle United player Steve Howey has been talking about Fabinho’s injury ahead of Leicester vs Liverpool this weekend.
The Brazilian is ready to miss the trip to King Power Stadium due to a minor muscle injury, leaving Jurgen Klopp with very few central defense options before the game against the high-flying Foxes.
Liverpool brought in Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies during the January transfer window and it seems likely that at least one of them will appear against Brendan Rodgers’ team at the early start on Saturday.
Who should start instead of Fabinho?
Here’s what Howey had to say when speaking exclusively to FFC:
“Well, you have to watch them in training, which Klopp has obviously done. I think you would probably take one and [play Henderson alongside him]. I thought I’d be pulling Henderson and saying ‘I’m going to put it on, I’ll be on it all this week,’ so it’s not a huge shock to the system.
With these two guys coming in, they could be like ‘what the heck’ because Jordan Henderson is giving them a forehand volley because they haven’t put the ball within an inch of where he wants it to be. I thought the coach would probably try one of them this week without Fabinho. Which one, I don’t know, depends on which one you feel is ready at this particular point. “
Howey clearly feels that one of Kabak or Davies will start alongside Henderson against Leicester on Saturday and suggests that Klopp has likely told his captain to help prepare the new signings this week so that they are ready for the high standards Liverpool demand of your players. .
It will be interesting to see which of the new signings, if any, make their debut against Leicester as it is a game the Reds cannot possibly afford to lose if they still have hopes of retaining the Premier League title this season.
And, in other news … Klopp suffers a major blow ahead of Leicester when James Pearce confirms the injury of a “world class” beast