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Liverpool Midfielder’s Injury Is Not As Serious As First Feared: A Massive Boost For The Reds?

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The Daily Mirror has recently reported that Liverpool midfielder Fabinho’s injury is not as serious as it was first feared after it was revealed that he only suffered a grade one or two tear in his hamstring. It is understood that the Brazilian midfielder could recover and be available for selection once again after the international break (via The Daily Mirror).

If The Mirror‘s claims are accurate, then Fabinho will miss out on three crucial matches against West Ham United and Manchester City in the Premier League and Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League. However, he could be back for the league encounter versus Leicester City at Anfield next month.

Fabinho’s Incredible Form At Anfield This Season

This latest development will be a welcome bit of news for anyone associated with the Merseyside club as Fabinho has been a real asset for Jurgen Klopp’s side over the past couple of seasons. The nine-time Brazil international has made an impressive start to this campaign. He has been involved in ten matches for the Reds, securing one assist in the process across multiple competitions.

Fabinho has established himself as a top performer for Liverpool in recent weeks prior to his injury that he sustained against FC Midtjylland. The South American sensation deserves a lot of credit for averaging 2.6 tackles, 1.8 interceptions and 2.1 clearances per game in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League this season. He has also taken care of the ball relatively well when passing it from the back after he made 90.5% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho's injury is not serious (Fabinho is seen defending in the picture)
Everton’s English striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin (C) heads the ball wide of goal as he gets challenged by Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Fabinho (R) during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on June 21, 2020. (Photo by JON SUPER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

What Does The Brazilian International Add To Jurgen Klopp’s Side?

Fabinho is one of the best defensive midfielders in world football at the moment and has proven his versatility by filling in as a centre-back in the injury absence of Virgil Van Dijk. He is often quick to read the danger and can make some well-timed tackles to earn the ball back for his team.

The Brazilian talent is brilliant when defending in 1v1 situations which makes him such an important member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad. He can also make a few recovering runs to get back and clear the danger inside his half. Hence, Liverpool will find it challenging to cope without him in the coming matches heading into the international break.

Fabinho Could Return From Injury After The International Break: Big Boost For The Reds?

All in all, Fabinho’s timely return after the international break will be a massive boost for the Merseyside giants as it will give them a chance to build some momentum going into the busy winter months when the fixtures come thick and fast in English football.

With Van Dijk possibly out for the season and Matip struggling to stay healthy, the Reds would rely on Fabinho’s services a lot, so Klopp needs to make sure that he doesn’t rush him back next month.

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