Jurgen Klopp praises Fabinho impact ahead of Liverpool vs Burnley

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Jurgen Klopp suggested Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum are set to keep their place in midfield for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Burnley on Wednesday.

Jordan Henderson is available for selection again after missing the Merseyside derby victory over Everton, but may have to make due on the bench.

Klopp praised Fabinho’s impact during the Everton game, in which the Brazilian put in arguably the best performance of his season so far.

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Asked if Liverpool could field the same midfield, Klopp replied: ‘Yeah, no problem.’

But the Liverpool boss stopped short of saying club captain Henderson would not be involved.

Klopp did, however, heap praise on Fabinho after a slow start to his Liverpool career.

Fabinho was good against Everton (Picture: Getty)‘I don’t judge it on big steps or small steps, it was just a good performance from him. It was exactly what I expected,” Klopp said.

‘So far, Gini (Wijnaldum) and Fabinho have worked really well together on the defending side.

‘The most important thing about that game was how we defended up front – that was the biggest difference to other games. The high pressure was really brilliant.

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Henderson could come back into the side (Picture: Getty)‘I don’t know if you have seen many of the other Everton games this season, but nobody so far could really deny their build up like we did, and they’ve played away at Chelsea.

‘That was really brilliant. You have to be in the right spaces and that looked really good.

‘On the other side, playing football was good. It can be better, like it always can be, but he was calm on the ball and it was a really good performance.’

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Why Jurgen Klopp must rectify his midfield problem against Everton in the Merseyside derby

Liverpool’s midfield came under intense pressure against PSG (Getty Images)Last season was all about the front three, this season has been all about the back five, but what of the men in the middle?

While Liverpool have been in imperious form in the Premier League, stringing together a 13-game unbeaten run, a 2-1 defeat to PSG marked their third straight away loss in the Champions League and not for the first time this season, there were question marks over the performances and suitability of Jurgen Klopp’s midfielders.

Klopp’s tried-and-tested trio of captain Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum were dominated by their Parisien counterparts for the most part, with PSG’s tenacious midfield general Marco Verratti particularly influential, dictating the tempo of the game and doing the dirty work in front of his defence.

Marquinhos was also effective, shuttling from defence to midfield regularly, tucking in as a third centre-half when PSG had the ball and then shifting forward to shut down passing lanes as an extra midfielder when Liverpool looked to ping the ball into their attackers.

In contrast, Liverpool’s midfielders found it difficult to stamp their mark on the game. There was no shortage of endeavour and industry from Henderson, Milner and Wijnaldum, but there was precious little creativity, guile and spark in PSG’s half. Defensively, meanwhile, they were too easily and too often bypassed.

Jordan Henderson found it difficult to contain Neymar (Getty Images)Of the three, Milner was certainly the most effective. During his 77 minutes on the pitch, Milner scored Liverpool’s equaliser from the penalty spot, created a team-high three chances and won six tackles. Conversely, he was careless in possession, succeeding with only 70% of his passes and losing possession 18 times in total – also the highest rate in Liverpool’s team.

Milner had a decent game overall but Wijnaldum and Henderson were well below-par. As Liverpool’s deepest midfielder, Henderson was tasked with picking up the roving runs of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe off the flanks, yet he ended up chasing shadows for the most part. Wijnaldum, meanwhile, failed to create a chance or win a tackle.

There was a troubling lack of cohesiveness between Liverpool’s midfield and attacking units throughout and while the goalscoring form of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in Europe has been called into question this season, they were feeding off proverbial scraps for the majority of the game.

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The £52.7m signing of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig in the summer was meant to provide Liverpool with the perfect link-man from midfield to attack. While in Germany, Keita excelled during transition phases, using his athleticism, change of pace and dribbling prowess to drive his team forward and open up gaps in the opposition defence.

However, he was afforded just 24 minutes at the Parc Des Princes and has only started one game for the club since October. Another midfielder who was tipped to upgrade Liverpool’s midfield in an altogether different way was Fabinho, who continues to be linked with a move to PSG following an inauspicious start to life at Anfield.

Fabinho was a midfield monster during his time at Monaco especially during their unexpected Ligue 1 title-winning campaign in 2016-17. That year, the Brazilian won 113 tackles and completed 53 interceptions in 37 league games to provide expert cover for his defence. Tricky Champions League games should be the exact kind of occasion he was bought to play in.

Keita is yet to show why Liverpool put so much effort into signing him (Getty)Of the three midfield recruits in the summer, Xherdan Shaqiri has undoubtedly been the most impressive, with two goals an two assists in nine Premier League games from a central midfield position. However, the Swiss has also been a victim of rotation in the Champions League.

Klopp’s decision to leave Shaqiri at home rather than risk inciting a riot in Belgrade following the midfielder’s pro-Albania celebration against Serbia in the World Cup was understandable, but his decision to relegate him to the bench in Paris less so. Shaqiri is the closest thing Liverpool have had to a Philippe Coutinho figure in midfield.

Following events in Paris, it will be interesting to see who Klopp selects for the Merseyside derby on Sunday. They may not possess the class of PSG, but Everton’s midfield triumvirate of Idrissa Gueye, Andre Gomes and Gylfi Sigurdsson has a lovely balance to it, with a destroyer, a puppet-master and goal threat, all dovetailing nicely in central areas.

The question is whether Klopp trusts his new players to come in and deliver on the big stage or whether the experienced heads he has so far relied upon can put their Champions League disappointment behind them and regain their optimum form.

Klopp has rarely changed his back five and seldom considered dropping one of his front three this season, but he has regularly chopped and changed his midfield without finding the right blend. If Liverpool are to achieve their lofty objectives this season, he will have to settle on a first-choice midfield sooner, rather than later.

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Jurgen Klopp was angered by a question over Liverpool’s midfield (Picture: LFC.com)Jurgen Klopp insists there are no issues with his midfield engine room amid accusations his side is suffering from a lack of creativity.

Liverpool remain unbeaten in the Premier League and are just two points behind leaders Manchester City heading into Sunday’s first Merseyside derby of the season at Anfield.

Klopp has solidified his side’s leaky defence but that success appears to have been offset by a lack of goals, particularly away from home in Europe.

Liverpool were beaten by Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital on Wednesday where the only shot on target they were able to muster came via James Mliner’s successfully converted penalty.

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Summer signings Fabinho and Naby Keita have both struggled to make an immediate impact, while the workmanlike duo of James Milner and Jordan Henderson offer stability and aggression, but little by way of attacking threat.

Klopp has attempted to cover for the collapse of Nabil Fekir’s proposed move from Lyon by dropping Xherdan Shaqiri into a deeper position, with mixed results so far, but the German insists he has full confidence in whichever combination of players he picks this weekend.

Asked if he thought his midfield had been overrun in recent matches, Klopp frowned and said: ‘We conceded five [league] goals and you say our midfield is overrun? I don’t see that. No, I don’t see any problems in midfield.’

Pressed on whether the likes of Fabinho and Keita were prepared for the intensity of a local derby with Henderson set to miss out through suspension, he added: ‘I really don’t get a lot of your questions today. We have to prove we are ready on Sunday.’

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Liverpool handed Jordan Henderson injury boost ahead of Watford clash

Jordan Henderson should be fit for Liverpool’s trip to Watford (Picture: Getty)Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is expected to be fit for this weekend’s Premier League clash against Watford.

The Reds travel to Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon having won nine of their first 12 league games this season.

Liverpool’s impressive run under Jurgen Klopp has seen them emerge as the nearest challengers to defending champions Manchester City.

Club captain Henderson missed England’s dramatic 2-1 victory over Croatia on Sunday after struggling with a hamstring injury in the build-up to the Nations League fixture.

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The injury appeared to be the same one that Henderson had been struggling with at the World Cup in the summer.

But Sky Sports say the England midfielder has trained at Melwood throughout the week and should be available to Klopp this weekend.

Henderson missed four games for Liverpool earlier in the season through injury but returned in the 2-0 victory over Fulham at Anfield before the international break.

Liverpool will hope to maintain their unbeaten Premier League run against Watford, who are seventh after an impressive start to the campaign.

Red Star vs Liverpool TV channel, live stream, kick-off time, odds and team news

Mohamed Salah will be leading the charge for Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool have the chance to cement their lead at the top of Champions League Group C on Tuesday when they travel to Serbia to take on Red Star Belgrade.

The teams met just two weeks ago and the Reds battered Red Star 4-0 thanks to a brace from Mohamed Salah and one each for Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Jurgen Klopp confirms Xherdan Shaqiri will miss Red Star clash but two players returnJurgen Klopp’s side now top the group with Napoli and PSG battling to keep pace with the Premier League side.

The French champions go to Italy for a huge match later on Tuesday after Liverpool play.

Virgil van Dijk has been in fine form (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)When is Red Star vs Liverpool?

The match is on Tuesday 6 November with kick-off at 5.55pm (UK time) in Belgrade.



What TV channel is Red Star vs Liverpool on and is there a live stream?

BT Sport 3 will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 5.15pm.

Subscribers can watch the match through BT Sport Players or on the BT Sport app.

Red Star Belgrade’s Serbian head coach Vladan Milojevic (Picture: Getty Images)What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

16/1 Red Star

13/2 Draw

1/5 Liverpool

Sadio Mane has seven goals this season (Picture: Getty Images)Team news

Liverpool are likely to be without Dejan Lovren, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and will certainly by without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Xherdan Shaqiri will be left at home for political reasons.

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Liverpool midfielders Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita doubtful for Arsenal clash

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side are unbeaten in the Premier League this season (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are preparing to be without both Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita for Saturday’s showdown against Arsenal.

The midfield duo missed last week’s victories over Red Star Belgrade and Cardiff with hamstring injuries and were unable to train with the rest of the first team squad on Tuesday.

With only two days left before the Premier League summit meeting, it now appears highly doubtful that either player will be in contention, according to the Evening Standard.

The likely absence of Henderson and Ketia means summer signing Fabinho is almost certain to make his third consecutive start after a difficult start to his Anfield career.

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Fabinho is likely to make his third consecutive start (Picture: Getty)

Mohamed Salah was seen wearing a protective cast during training earlier this week (Picture: Getty)‘I’m very happy to play my second match in a row as first-choice, played the full match. It is very good for me,’ Fabinho told ESPN following last weekend’s win over Cardiff.

‘This moment to adapt, it hasn’t been easy — many times you are out, there were many times I wasn’t [picked]. ‘But I tried to learn from all this, tried to give my best during practice. The coaches were very nice to me, they didn’t let me get down. I worked to be well prepared.

‘[I] got the opportunity last Wednesday, I believe I [had] a good match, and [against Cardiff] I believe I helped the team at the midfield.’

Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah is winning his battle to be fit after he was seen wearing a protective cast during Tuesday’s training session having sustained a wrist injury.

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Manchester United use Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson as example to get Jose Mourinho off FA charge

Jose Mourinho has been found not guilty of using abusive language (Getty Images)Manchester United used Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson as an example in their defence for Jose Mourinho’s latest charge from the Football Association, according to reports.

Mourinho faced a charge of improper conduct from the FA after appearing to swear to the camera in Portuguese after United’s 3-2 victory over Newcastle United on October 6.

The United manager appeared to have said ‘fodas filhos de puta’ in Portuguese which translates as ‘f*** off, sons of b*****s’.

But the FA confirmed on Wednesday that Mourinho has been found not guilty of using abusive language by an independent commission.

According to The Times, the FA has been ‘surprised’ by the decision and believed Mourinho would face a touchline ban.

TV cameras caught Jordan Henderson swearing during England’s draw with Croatia (Getty Images)The report also claims that United launched a ‘strong defence’ for Mourinho and lawyers used Henderson as an example in their case to clear the Portuguese.

During England’s goalless draw with Croatia earlier this month which was played in an empty stadium, Henderson was caught swearing at Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic.

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After Dalic accused Henderson of handball, television cameras caught the Liverpool midfielder saying: ‘Are you the f****** ref?’

Henderson faced no action from UEFA for his outburst.

The FA are still considering whether to appeal the decision and will make a decision after the reasons to clear Mourinho will be made public next week.

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Liverpool vs Red Star Belgrade TV channel, live stream, time, odds and team news

Liverpool have won just one of their last five games (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool return to Champions League action on Wednesday night as they host Red Star Belgrade at Anfield in Group C of the competition.

The Reds returned to winning ways at the weekend, beating Huddersfield to break a four-game stretch without a victory in all competitions.

Cristiano Ronaldo posts class tribute after reuniting with Sir Alex FergusonRed Star, or Crvena Zvezda, as you will see them called in some places, are seven points clear at the top of the Serbian Super Liga, although their last Champions League outing was a 6-1 thrashing by PSG.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are heavy favourites to win this one as they look to keep pace with Napoli and PSG in a very competitive group.

Jurgen Klopp wants to get back to winning ways in Europe (Picture : PA)When is Liverpool vs Red Star Belgrade?

The match is on Wednesday, 25 October with kick-off at 8pm at Anfield.

What TV channel is Liverpool vs Red Star Belgrade on and is there a live stream?

BT Sport 2 will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 7pm.

BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match through the BT Sport Player or watch on the BT Sport app.

Red Star Belgrade’s Serbian head coach Vladan Milojevic (Picture: Getty Images)What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

1/14 Liverpool

16/1 Draw

45/1 Red Star

Xherdan Shaqiri started Liverpool’s last game (Picture: Action Images via Reuters)Team news

Sadio Mane is recovering from a hand injury but could be considered after rejoining training this week.

However, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita remain sidelined with muscle injuries.

Are tickets still available?

As confirmed on the Liverpool website, tickets are sold out, although the option to buy match day hospitality is still available.

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Liverpool injury news: Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita to miss Red Star Belgrade game

Henderson is out for the next two games (Picture: Getty)Liverpool will be without Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita for their Champions League clash against Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday night, the club have confirmed.

Sadio Mane, however, is on track to make his return from injury against the Serbian champions.

Keita returned from international duty with a hamstring issue and was forced to sit out the weekend win over Huddersfield.

The midfielder returned to training on Tuesday, and is back running but will not feature against Red Star.

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Reds skipper Henderson is also suffering from a hamstring injury and is likely to miss the next two games.

‘It’s not too good, to be honest,’ Klopp said about Henderson. ‘It’s nothing we have to worry too much about, but it’s a hamstring issue so we will have to see.

‘He will not be available for tomorrow for sure, and probably not Cardiff, but hopefully then he can be back. We will see.’

Keita and Henderson are recovering from hamstring injuries (Picture: Getty)Liverpool take on Red Star looking to bounce back from defeat to Napoli, and welcome Cardiff to Anfield on Saturday.

‘Naby is already outside running, but the game tomorrow will be too early for sure,’ Klopp said when asked about Keita’s progress.

Despite the double blow to Liverpool’s midfield, Mane’s return will be a major boost for the Reds.

Mane is set to be available for selection (Picture: Getty)A broken thumb has sidelined Mane for the last week, but the forward is now in contention to play against Red Star Belgrade.

Klopp said: ‘Sadio’s good in training. He trained normal. If nothing happens he is in contention.

‘Naby will not be available, Hendo not as well. We have to see check Naby day by day. We have to see when he’s fully fit. It should not be that long.

‘Hendo got a little hamstring injury in the game. I understnad not too serious but serious that he is not available tomorrow or the weekend.’

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Jurgen Klopp reveals why he benched Jordan Henderson for Tottenham clash

Jordan Henderson was benched for the visit to Tottenham (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was not fit enough to start at Wembley against Tottenham.

Henderson was named on the bench and replaced by Naby Keita as the Reds aimed to continue their 100% start to the season.

The Reds captain featured in both of England’s matches over the international break but returned to Melwood feeling the effects of Three Lions duty.

And, with Paris Saint-Germain to come in the week, Klopp says he’s saving Henderson.

Klopp says Henderson is still part of his plans (Picture: Getty)‘With Hendo, we need him so much and I don’t think it makes sense in the moment to play him,’ Klopp told Sky Sports before kick-off.

‘That’s the thing, we’re still a bit adapting to the intensity, Hendo needs his full physical strength.

‘I’m sure he’ll have that today when he comes on and on Tuesday as well.’

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