Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Fabinho is close to being fully integrated into the club’s Premier League squad.
The Brazilian is yet to make a league appearance for the Reds following his 40m euro move from AS Monaco.
The German coach explained that both his fitness and other players’ performances have been behind his absence.
Klopp on Fabinho: “You need to be ready, that’s how it is”
Klopp insists that Fabinho’s limited Liverpool involvement is due to the player not being fully fit to make a significant impact.
The 51-year-old has expressed his concerns over the midfielder’s fitness but claims he is now close to starting for the Merseyside club.
“(He is) close.
“We spoke about it that he needs to get used to different things – that’s how it is for all the players.
“You need to be ready, that’s how it is. At one point I have to make a decision if somebody is ready or not.
“We’ve already made the decision that he’s the right player for us. Now we have to come together.
“There is no problem but I can imagine in the moment that everybody asks you constantly, ‘Oh, you don’t play’ so the player is not really comfortable.”
Klopp simply explained that Fabinho is behind other players in the pecking order as in this current moment, they are believed to be more effective.
“But there is only one reason: because another player fits better in the moment. It is one reason, no other.
“I really think a lot about who plays on which position. As long as always there is a player ahead and is fresh then the other player plays.
“It’s about the new player to close that gap. It always took time and will always take time.
“But when you close the gap, go and you make us better. That’s the plan.”
Klopp’s press conference ahead Huddersfield Town
Klopp confirmed that Naby Keita is not expected to feature against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and James Milner all trained on Wednesday.
The quartet are all set for further fitness test but are expected to feature at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Adam Lallana has also returned to contention following a long injury lay-off.
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