Klopp confirms Alisson return; drops hint over Fabinho role

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Alisson and Fabinho will return to face Chelsea and refused to rule out minutes for Diogo Jota.

Alisson missed the clash against Sheffield United following the tragic death of his father but will be back in the starting lineup on Thursday.

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The Liverpool boss is also hopeful Jota can play some part at Anfield but says the Portuguese forward has been struggling with a “stomach problem”.

Fabinho – who’s missed the last three and six of the last seven – is also set to return in some capacity, with Klopp suggesting the Brazilian could return to Liverpool’s midfield having been deployed at centre-back since mid-October.

“Both [Fabinho in defence and mid] is possible,” Klopp said. “If we can find a way to play in midfield, that would be helpful. Most consistent player this season is Wijnaldum, 6 ,8 but with Fab in 6 would be helpful. We will see. Both positions are intense.

“We haven’t had to rush him back. That’s the first time. We don’t know if he will play or is only ready for the bench. We will see. If I’d made my decision already, I wouldn’t tell you! Let’s see.”

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