Jurgen Klopp confident Liverpool's defensive injuries just short term

Brighton & Hove Albion's goalkeeper Mathew Ryan during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the American Express Community Stadium. (Pic by David Ra

Liverpool suffer huge pre-Brighton injury blow

Joel Matip is back in training as of Thursday afternoon and while Jurgen Klopp refused to admit he is in contention to face Brighton, he didn't rule it out either.

On Thursday, sources told ESPN FC that Liverpool had no plans to recruit a central defender in January because they believe midfielder Fabinho can operate adequately in the position.

"The FA Cup is absolutely huge, it was the basically the player's tournament".

Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson - arguably the Reds' two shining defensive beacons - have managed to stay fit all season, while Trent Alexander-Arnold has only missed a couple of games through injury, and that trio should start for Liverpool in their Premier League match with Brighton & Hove Albion later today.

Joe Gomez still remains sidelined as he recovers from a fractured lower left leg.

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'Joel trained yesterday for the first time with the team. "We have to take it day-by-day and see how he is doing but that is good". We will see what that means. Adam [Lallana] is out.

"If Fabinho has to play as a centre half what we want is the natural understanding of the game", he said.

Perception is often more important than reality in modern football, and that's why Liverpool need to keep the external mood as calm as possible for as long as possible.

Klopp said he welcomed the extra training time the break would allow, but admitted his preference would have been for Liverpool to still be in the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup. "We speak in the week, but try to not make it more complicated than it is".

MacInnes said: "A slight difference, if you're talking about rotation of squads, looking at [Manchester] City and Spurs".

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