LIVERPOOL’S problems are showing no signs of easing after Fabinho suffered a ‘minor muscle’ problem – causing fans to call for a new defensive signing.
Fears were sparked that the Brazilian had an injury when eagle-eyed fans spotted he was not taking part in their final training session ahead of tonight’s crunch clash at Tottenham.
A victory for the champions would see Jurgen Klopp’s side leapfrog West Ham and back into fourth and move them to within four points of leaders Man City.
And after a run of five Premier League matches without a win, the Kop boss will have been desperate for all-hands on deck in North London.
However, Fabinho was not named in the squad for the bumper showdown in the capital due to a ‘minor muscle issue’, according to the club’s Twitter account.
Klopp told BT Sport pre-match: “That’s our situation at the moment. He just felt something and we had to take him out.
“There was no challenge or anything. That’s how it is at the moment.”
His absence is the latest in a traumatic campaign for Klopp and his backline.
Talisman Virgil van Dijk, widely-regarded as the best centre-half in the world, is sidelined for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for a ruptured ACL.
And Joe Gomez is also in a race against time to be fit for the title run-in after he was also ruled out long-term.
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Skipper Jordan Henderson did return to the starting XI for the Spurs clash having previously been shifted back from midfield to help out in the crisis.
But that did not stop supporters from venting their fury on Twitter as '#SignACB' quickly began trending.
Despite the severe toll of injuries on his defence, Klopp says he is convinced he will not bring in another centre-half before next week’s transfer deadline.
When asked about the possibility of a new signing, either on loan or permanent, he said: “Not really – no not really.
“I would not say absolutely 100 per cent there will not be a new signing, no but I don't expect anything to be honest.”
That was despite admitting last week: “We talk about a centre-half, and yes, it would help 100 per cent.
“We discuss the situation pretty much on a daily basis, and I make recommendations. But I cannot spend the money. I don't make these decisions.”
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