Key Liverpool star a major doubt to face Leicester but midfielder passed fit

By on January 29, 2019

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Virgil van Dijk is a major doubt for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Leicester City on Wednesday night but Fabinho is expected to be fit, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Jurgen Klopp revealed last Friday that both van Dijk and Fabinho had been forced to miss training after being struck down with an illness bug during Liverpool’s warm weather training break in Dubai last week.

The Liverpool Echo claims that van Dijk was absent once again as the Liverpool squad was put through their paces by Klopp and his coaching team at Melwood on Monday night.

The Dutch international has one final chance to prove his fitness but if he isn’t able to resume training later today then van Dijk won’t take part in Wednesday night’s clash with Leicester at Anfield.

It would be the first game the 27-year-old has missed this season and he hasn’t missed a Premier League game for Liverpool since the trip to Huddersfield Town 12 months ago.

Obviously it would be a major blow for the league leaders if van Dijk is ruled out but Dejan Lovren is ready to step-in alongside Joel Matip after recovering from a hamstring injury that saw him miss the games with Brighton and Crystal Palace.

There is also better news on Fabinho as the Liverpool Echo claims that the versatile midfielder returned to full training on Monday and is expected to be available for selection against Leicester.

Fabinho has been deployed at centre-back recently but with Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold injured, and James Milner suspended, the Brazilian international could start at right-back tomorrow night.

Youngster Rafa Camacho is another option for Klopp if the Liverpool boss wants to keep Fabinho in midfield but the South American has plenty of experience playing at right-back from his stint at Monaco.

Liverpool welcome the Foxes to Anfield tomorrow night hoping for another win to at least maintain their four point advantage over Manchester City at the top of the table.

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