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Klopp confirms he is likely to give Fabinho ‘a nice present’ against Red Star

Jurgen Klopp has hinted that he could hand Fabinho a rare start in tonight’s Champions League clash against Red Star Belgrade.

Much was expected of the £40 million summer signing, however, he has only played 122 minutes of football so far in all competitions, starting just one game, the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup.

However, with the midfielder celebrating his birthday yesterday, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that he could give him a ‘nice present’ in the form of another opportunity to impress.

“Yes, of course, no doubt about that. It’s clear,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference.

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“It’s his birthday [on Tuesday] by the way, so it would be a nice present, eh?

“I didn’t make the line-up for tomorrow, how we will start, but of course it is very important for us that he’s now been here for a few months, got used to all the things.

“[He has had to] adapt to the style of play.

“If you watch Fabinho playing at Monaco, [he was] full of confidence. You come to a new club and it depends a bit on your personality.

“He’s not the loudest person on the planet, it’s not that he’s come in and said ‘sit down all of you and I’ll explain to you how we played at Monaco because we were in Champions League semi-final the year before and became French champions’.

“He is looking, watching and it always takes a little bit of time. That’s how it is. But on the pitch, he is back now and that’s good. So, all fine.”

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