Klopp discusses Fabinho's ability to play as a centre-back

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

Joe Gomez is still sidelined with a lower leg fracture, but Matip participated in a team training session at Melwood on Thursday for the first time since fracturing his collarbone against Paris Saint-Germain last month.

That means another midfielder, Fabinho, is likely to continue as a makeshift centre-back as Liverpool seek to preserve their four point lead at the top of the Premier League. "We have to decide day by day". Adam [Lallana] out, Dejan out, Joe [Gomez] out.

"I don't know [when Lovren is back]". It's a muscle thing and I would expect him back maybe after Crystal Palace - I'm not sure. We'll see what that means exactly.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk can be compared with the game's greats.

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp discussed the versatility of Fabinho today as he may be looking to utilise the Brazilian's ability to play at centre-half against Brighton this weekend.

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But the manager is aware of the challenge ahead, using his pre-match press conference on Friday to highlight the Seagulls' improvement and their threat to Liverpool.

With several injury issues emerging over the last few weeks, Klopp's squad is being stretched more than at any time during this season.

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.

"It's my preferred rhythm. Who deals the best with their problems has the most success".

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