Champions League

Fabinho injury a major worry for Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Klopp faces an anxious wait to discover the extent of the injury suffered by his key midfielder Fabinho in Wednesday's 1-1 Champions League draw with Napoli.

Fabinho injury a major worry for Jurgen Klopp

Brazilian midfielder Fabinho hobbled off in the 19th minute of the Champions League clash at Anfield with an ankle injury, being replaced by Dutchman Georgino Wijnaldum.

"The biggest things is the Fabinho injury, that's massive," said Klopp. It's early and we all hope it's not too serious but it's pretty painful and in an area you don't want to have pain, around the ankle," added the German.

Sin tituloLiverpool's Brazilian midfielder Fabinho leaves the pitch injured during the UEFA Champions league Group E football match between Liverpool and Napoli at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 27, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

Asked by reporters how serious the injury could be, Klopp said: "I don't want to say what I expect because I hope it is not serious. He has pain, which is not good. He couldn't continue. I hope it is not that serious. We'll know more maybe tomorrow or the day after."

Liverpool are entering a vital phase of the season with 10 games before the end of the year, including the trip to Salzburg in the final Champions League Group E fixture where the European champions need at least a point to progress to the last 16.

Fabinho has become essential to the way Klopp's side play and there is no real like-for-like replacement for him in the squad.

The busy December fixture list also sees the Premier League leaders playing two games in the Club World Cup in Qatar.