Dejan Lovren misses Liverpool's trip to Brighton but Joel Matip could return

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On Thursday, sources told ESPN FC that Liverpool had no plans to recruit a central defender in January because they believe midfielder Fabinho can operate adequately in the position.

"The FA Cup is absolutely huge, it was the basically the player's tournament".

However, Lovren looks set to miss Liverpool's matches with Brighton and Crystal Palace after sustaining a hamstring injury versus Wolves.

Joe Gomez still remains sidelined as he recovers from a fractured lower left leg.

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"Joel trained for the first time yesterday with the team", Klopp said. "We have to decide day by day".

"That is really good but we have to see".

'[Jordan] Henderson will train today for the first time. "Whether the top six are getting better or the rest are not the same level I don't know, but certainly it seems to be getting harder". It's not that serious.

'I'm not sure, but we'll have to see'.

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Fabinho is the only player to have retained his place in the back four, with Virgil van Dijk his partner, while Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are the full-backs.

'If Fabinho has to play as a centre-half what we want is the natural understanding of the game, ' he said. Intriguingly, Henderson was pencilled in to to play centre-back alongside Fabinho in the FA Cup tie prior to his injury.

Asked whether that would give Liverpool an advantage over their rivals, Klopp said that depended on how well they made use of the extra preparation time.

MacInnes said: "A slight difference, if you're talking about rotation of squads, looking at [Manchester] City and Spurs".

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"It's my preferred rhythm".

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