Wednesday 14 November 2018
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Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool – TEAM NEWS

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Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp insists that new signing Fabinho will prove to be a key player for the Reds despite not having made his competitive debut so far this season.

The Brazilian was an unused substitute for Liverpool’s opening day win over West Ham at Anfield last month but he has failed to even make the bench for the following wins over Crystal Palace, Brighton and Leicester City.

Supporters are anxious as to why the 24-year-old is yet to figure and the Liverpool manager is constantly pushed for an answer as to when they can expect to see him deployed.

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Commenting on the situation today, Klopp said: “I don’t like to compare players but we had similar question about Robbo (Andy Robertson) and Oxlade (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain) and I’m not sure if Sadio [Mane] played from the beginning, but I think he had a full pre-season.

“It’s absolutely no problem. I don’t like the situation, because I don’t like to say to Fabinho, who is full of energy and desire to play, to tell him that he’s not involved. That’s not nice, but it is the job.

“He came from another league playing in a completely different system to us and that takes time. The plan was – and still is – that he will make us better.

“From my point it is all fine, but I know the situation isn’t what some people expected but I cannot change that.”

With Fabinho looking to settle for a place on the bench, Klopp also has to decide who to deploy in midfield with Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Naby Keïta and James Milner all available to face Spurs.

Roberto Firmino is expected to be lead the attack alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané despite only returning from international duty with Brazil on Thursday.

Alisson will obviously be in goal and few would expect the boss to make any changes to the defence in front of him.

However, with Liverpool about to start a run of 7 games in 23 days, the boss will certainly have to shake things up a little bit at some point.

“Of course, we have to [eventually consider changing things]. We will see exactly how we can do it,” said the German.

“It is a big misunderstanding that we will plan for the game tomorrow and [then] think about the game after and the game after. That’s too complicated.

“You have to go into the next game and see who you can choose. That’s it – you always try to have your best team.”

Simon Mignolet is fit again after a finger injury but Adam Lallana misses out as too does Dejan Lovren.

Tottenham will be without Dele Alli due to a hamstring injury he sustained on international duty with England. Hugo Lloris remains sidelined with a thigh problem but Son Heung-min is available for selection again.

Sky Sports are showing the game live. Kick-off is at 12.30pm. The game is being played at Wembley due to construction delays surrounding Tottenham’s new stadium.

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