Klopp not impressed with Tite for overlooking Fabinho
The 27-year-old picked up a hamstring injury during his side’s 2-0 victory over FC Midtjylland in the Champions League on Tuesday night, which is the third defensive casualty that the German tactician has suffered in recent weeks.
Talisman Virgil van Dijk damaged his anterior cruciate ligament and Joel Matip has been consistently struggling to stay fit since last season, leaving Joe Gomez as the club’s only established centre-back available for selection.
Despite this, Fabinho’s injury was not as serious as was originally feared after concerns were raised that he could have been out for up to six months (via the Daily Mail).
Nonetheless, Klopp has taken exception with Tite for not giving the Brazilian a run in the national team, having picked up just nine caps since 2015 (TransferMarkt).
“I’m not sure if Tite is worried because he never plays him. I don’t know, so he will probably not sit on the bench for the next three international games”, the German told Esporte Interativo (via Sport Witness).
Klopp then went on to elaborate on Fabinho’s recent setback and how it will affect his team going forward, saying: “For us it’s a proper blow. At this moment, we don’t know. Fab was not positive, but not negative as well. So we will see. We have to wait for a scan tomorrow morning and [then] we will know more.”
Odd but logical
It seemed like a bizarre moment for Klopp to point out Fabinho’s lack of international appearances. At the same time, his performances over the past couple of seasons would highlight that his argument makes sense.
Klopp has never been shy to describe exactly what he thinks of his players, and Fabinho is no exception. Earlier in the campaign, the manager described the Brazilian’s performance against Chelsea as “outstanding” as he stepped into the centre-back role during his side’s 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge (via Goal).
The £54m-rated talent has already made 90 appearances for the club in just over two seasons, scoring three goals and providing seven assists (TransferMarkt), most memorably his wondergoal against Manchester City during their Premier League-winning campaign.
Surely, playing at this level is what is required to play for Brazil. In Tite’s eyes, he probably expects more. What that is, remains to be seen.
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