Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed this afternoon that Fabinho is set for a spell on the sidelines.
The Brazilian limped out of the midweek win over Midtjylland in the Champions League.
And with Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip already out, Liverpool fans were fearing the worst for Fabinho, who had been playing as a makeshift centre-back.
But Klopp has confirmed that it’s only a ‘little’ problem, which tallies with The Mirror’s report on Thursday that he would only miss around two weeks with the hamstring issue.
Still, it gives the Liverpool manager a bit of a headache with regards to tomorrow’s visit of West Ham United – and Rhys Williams is the obvious choice to replace the former Monaco star in central defence.
Williams came on for Fabinho in the win over the Danish outfit on Tuesday and tomorrow’s clash with the Hammers looks like being his Premier League debut.
Klopp has other potential alternatives, like Nathaniel Phillips or playing Jordan Henderson as a centre-back again if he’s available.
But the 19-year-old’s display in midweek should be enough to make the German manager reward him with a first-ever top-flight appearance against David Moyes’s side.
Williams, described as ‘exceptional’ by Klopp today, read the game well against Midtjylland and his speed could certainly be an asset against some of the speedy attackers that West Ham have in their ranks.
Liverpool’s centre-back crisis is worse now than it was last week, but Williams could and should be the band-aid.