Liverpool handed Fabinho boost as injury not as bad as first feared / Everton’s Allan expected to replace Reds star in Brazil side

Liverpool handed Fabinho boost as injury not as bad as first feared / Everton’s Allan expected to replace Reds star in Brazil side

Encouraging news

When Fabinho was forced off against Midtjylland on Tuesday, Jurgen Klopp’s bad fortune looked set to continue. The German has already lost Virgil van Dijk and Thiago to injury, whilst Joel Matip is still attempting to recover from a knock.

This meant that, for his side’s upcoming meeting with West Ham, there was a centre-back selection dilemma. Fabinho, who had been standing in for van Dijk, was feared to have torn his hamstring, an injury which would have resulted in a long stint on the sidelines.

Recent reports, however, suggest that the Brazilian’s issue is not as bad as first feared. Rather than the nightmare grade 3 tear, the injury is thought to range between grades 1 and 2. This means that Fabinho’s return could come in a matter of weeks, rather than months.

The former Monaco man will still miss key fixtures against West Ham and Atalanta, before a huge clash against Manchester City. Liverpool have already dropped several points this season. A loss to City could be hugely damaging to the club’s title hopes.

In comes Allan

Brazilian midfielder Allan joined Everton from Napoli to reunite with former boss Carlo Ancelotti. Since, he has helped the Toffees to a blistering start to the Premier League campaign. Everton’s recent loss to Southampton came as their first of the season.

The performances of Allan have justified the meagre £21 million fee the club paid the Italian side for his services.

Allan is now expected to replace the injured Fabinho in the Brazilian national side, joining up with teammate Richarlison. The 29-year-old spoke in a recent interview of the high regard in which he holds Ancelotti, as well as discussing how the Italian gets results from his squad.

Liverpool handed Fabinho boost as injury not as bad as first feared / Everton’s Allan expected to replace Reds star in Brazil side

GENOA, GE – NOVEMBER 10: Marques Allan of Napoli and Daniel Bessa of Genoa compete for the ball during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and SSC Napoli at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on November 10, 2018 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)

“I think I refer to him as professor because of the way he reads the game, the way he prepares for games and the relationship he has with the players,” said Allan.

“He is a maestro and if you look at his history and success in the game it speaks for itself. He has won everywhere he has gone and he is the type of person who deserves the best words to describe him.”

“In Italy we tended to refer to the coach as ‘Mister’, which is the case for all the coaches, but Carlo Ancelotti is a great guy, a really high quality coach who manages to keep all the players satisfied, motivated and happy.”

Everton will look to get back to winning ways on Sunday, when they visit Newcastle for a 2pm clash.

See also: Arteta’s defensive model shows signs of long-term success / Gabriel tactically perfect for Gunners’ new system

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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