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Liverpool suffer huge pre-Brighton injury blow

Brighton & Hove Albion's Pascal Gross Liverpool suffer huge pre-Brighton injury blow
Cassandra Castillo | 12 January, 2019, 16:56

His return to training comes as a huge boost after Dejan Lovren suffered a hamstring injury against Wolves on Monday.

Liverpool are severely lacking in options at the back with Fabinho set to start alongside Virgil van Dijk against Chris Hughton's side this weekend.

"Joel trained yesterday for the first time with the team which is really good but we have to see and decide day-by-day", he added.

Van Dijk took the Player of the Month honours and had been the subject of praise from his manager earlier in the day ahead of the trip to Brighton and Hove Albion. Adam [Lallana] out, Dejan out, Joe [Gomez] out. It's a muscle thing and I would expect him back maybe after Crystal Palace - I'm not sure.

'If Fabinho has to play as a centre-half what we want is the natural understanding of the game, ' he said.

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Perception is often more important than reality in modern football, and that's why Liverpool need to keep the external mood as calm as possible for as long as possible.

However, with an array of injuries in central defence for today's clash with the Seagulls it appears that Fabinho will play alongside Van Dijk at the heart of the defence, but it's not the central defensive area that has to be bolstered, as the left-back area looks particularly weak.

"If you are a holding six (midfielder) or a centre half with the ball it is easier", he added. "But we try not to make it more complicated than it is", Klopp added.

Klopp said he welcomed the extra training time the break would allow, but admitted his preference would have been for Liverpool to still be in the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup. "That's my preferred rhythm, to be honest".

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