Jurgen Klopp provides Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren updates amid injury crisis

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Sources told ESPN FC on Thursday that Liverpool have no plans to recruit a defender in January because of a long-held belief that Fabinho can operate adequately in the position.

Manager Jurgen Klopp rested several first team players in the FA Cup on Monday, a decision which backfired as the Reds were knocked out in the third round by fellow Premier League side Wolves.

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

"If Fabinho has to play as a centre half what we want is the natural understanding of the game", he said. That's really good but we must see and decide day-by-day how he's doing. "Hendo will train [on Friday] for the first time, we will see what that then means exactly".

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Former Scotland defender Steve Nicol has argued that Liverpool's owners, the Fenway Sports Group, have been focusing too much on Premier League and Champions League success and neglecting domestic cup competitions.

"I don't know [when Lovren is back]".

The German indicated that Brazilian holding midfielder Fabinho could again fill-in alongside Virgil van Dijk and noted it was not a major shift for him to drop deeper. "Now we have to make the best of the time we have and get as many points as possible".

Liverpool face a hugely important game this afternoon when they return to league action. "But we try not to make it more complicated than it is", Klopp added.

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