Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that it is "not nice" to leave Fabinho out of the starting XI.
However, Klopp defended his decision saying it is for the player's benefit. Since his arrival from Monaco for a reported fee of £39million, Fabinho has been in the matchday squad once. Eyebrows have been raised as to why the Brazilian is not being used given that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and defender Dejan Lovren are both sidelined with injuries.
Speaking to the press, Klopp said, "I don't like to compare players, but I think we had similar questions about Robbo [Andrew Robertson], about Oxlade. Did Sadio [Mane] play from the beginning? I'm not sure. It's absolutely no problem. It's not that I like to say Fabinho is full of energy and I tell him he's not involved. It's not nice.@
"He came from another league, a completely different system and we have a good team together so that takes time, but the plan is still he will make us better so, from my point of view, it's all fine. I know the situation is not like people expected. I can't change that," he added.
The Reds travel to Wembley on Saturday 15th to take on Tottenham, hoping to keep up their 100 per cent record this season in Premier League.
We're back home. Working hard! 💪🏾🔴 pic.twitter.com/hEjoFU4vbg— Fabinho (@_fabinhotavares) September 13, 2018