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Klopp Backs Youth to Step Up After Fabinho Injury

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Teach them well and let them lead the way...

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The Fabinho injury was quite accurately described by Jürgen Klopp as “the last thing we needed”. With Joel Matip on the sidelines as well, this leaves Joe Gomez as Liverpool FC’s only senior-squad centre-back. Not optimal.

And with the pickle we find ourselves in, the Hugmeister has backed three youth-team products to fill the many pairs of shoes laying about in the middle of defence:

“Rhys Williams did really well - that was really good. He was commanding, he was chatty – it was a really good game from him. The only problem we have now is that there are four days until West Ham, and every day you [the media] will make a story about him and he’ll have to deal with that as well. He is a talent, he is 19. 2 Champions League appearances and he’s won both. Promising. But we have Nat Phillips [for the Premier League] – he’s a centre-back. Billy [Koumetio] – he will train too.”

Rhys Williams has looked solid thus far, and will likely continue holding the fort while we await the return of Matip and Fabinho. The thought of Nat Phillips trying to operate in the high line we’ve been using this year sent some shiver down my back, so let’s hope it never comes to that. Or we could go to back three. This is the footballing embodiment of scooping water out from a boat with a hole in it. Let’s hope we last long enough for the coast guard to deliver our returning players.