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Liverpool Legend Claims Fabinho's Injury Is A Disaster For Klopp

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Liverpool were able to hold their own and get a point vs. Napoli at Anfield to sit at the top of their group in the UEFA Champions League and securing a spot in the knock-out stage.

However, this draw came at a huge price, as Fabinho was forced to leave the pitch with an ankle injury just 19 minutes into the game, a 'massive' blow for the Reds, as per their coach Jurgen Klopp:

"The biggest thing is the Fabinho injury, that's massive. It's early and we all hope it's not too serious but it's pretty painful and in an area you don't want to have pain, around the ankle," the German boss told the media after the game.

And, according to former Liverpool great Harry Kewell, losing Fabinho is something the Reds just can't afford right now, as he's been 'the sponge' that soaks everything up for the rest of the team to function properly:

“It is a huge loss, he’s been the sponge. He’s soaking everything up. When he receives the ball, he passes it forward – which many holding midfielders don’t do, that first pass forward to put your team on the attack. It’s a big loss, but I’m confident in the squad that there are plenty to fill in," the Australian told Sky Sports.

Liverpool are currently sitting at the top of the English Premier League as they pursue their first EPL trophy in club history, so they can't afford any setbacks or losing a key part of their system like Fabinho.

Gladly for the Reds, Jurgen Klopp has built a lot of depth in the center of the pitch, with Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Miler, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson all capable of filling into Fabinho's role.

Still, it'll be quite interesting to see how the defending European champions fare without one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.