Liverpool face nervous wait on Fabinho injury

Fabinho was replaced by 19-year-old Rhys Williams Credit: PA

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was unsure about the seriousness of Fabinho's injury after the Brazilian came off in the first half of the 2-0 home win over Midtjylland in the Champions League.

The Reds' latest defensive setback came around the half-hour mark when Fabinho - playing at centre-back again in the absence of Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip - had to be substituted having pulled up while running.

When asked afterwards what the early signs were in terms of the severity of Fabinho's injury, Klopp said: "I don't know. You know, muscle injuries are like this - you get the result, but tomorrow morning probably. So we have to wait for that."

Both Van Dijk and Matip sustained injuries in the 2-2 draw at Everton on October 17 - the former a knee problem that is set to sideline him for a number of months.

Asked if Matip could be available for Saturday's home clash with West Ham, Klopp said: "I don't know, we have to see".

Fabinho picked up the injury during the UEFA Champions League Group D match at Anfield. Credit: PA

Fabinho was replaced by 19-year-old Rhys Williams, who made his fourth senior appearance and is yet to play in the Premier League.

Klopp said of Williams: "He did really well. The only problem we have now is we have four days to the West Ham game and you will make every day a story of him and then he has to prove he can deal with that as well, because the vibe was calm around him."

Weighing up other options from the fringes of his squad, Klopp also mentioned Nathaniel Phillips and Billy Koumetio and said: "We have very young and inexperienced alternatives, and at the moment it looks like we have to choose one of them.

"I don't know yet - but to be really clear and positive, Rhys was not in one situation tonight our problem, he played a really good game."