Fabinho absence explained as Liverpool star misses trip to Man Utd

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Liverpool are without Fabinho for their trip to face Manchester United on Sunday. The Reds are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League this season.

Fabinho has been crucial to Liverpool’s success so far, providing the anchor to Liverpool’s midfield.

His absence was felt in the midweek against Atletico Madrid, with Jurgen Klopp bringing on the Brazilian at half-time to shore up their defence.

He missed out last week against Watford, but wasn’t needed as Liverpool ran out 5-0 winners.

But he has played a crucial role in big games against Chelsea and Manchester City this season.

Klopp though will have to cope without his midfield titan this afternoon against United.

Liverpool confirmed that Fabinho has picked up a ‘knock to his knee’, forcing him to miss out in the matchday squad.

But it is said that Fabinho’s injury is ‘not thought to be a long-term issue’, suggesting he could return next week against Brighton.

Fabinho isn’t the only one to miss out though with both Sadio Mane and Joel Matip dropping to the bench from last week’s win at Watford.

Ibrahima Konate has been given a huge show of faith by Klopp for just his second Premier League start of the season.

Diogo Jota meanwhile has taken Mane’s place in the starting line-up with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino keeping their place.

Liverpool’s front line has been in excellent form so far this season with all four options scoring 19 goals between them in the league so far.

Salah has been the standout player for the Reds this season though with an incredible 12 goals in 11 games across all competitions.

Konate meanwhile has had to bide his time for opportunities since his £36million move from RB Leipzig.

The Frenchman impressed in his debut against Crystal Palace last month as Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners.

And Klopp kept Konate in the starting line-up just three days later in Liverpool’s Carabao Cup tie against Norwich.

Joe Gomez is yet to start in the league this season with Matip being the preferred partner to Virgil van Dijk so far.

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