Jurgen Klopp issues injury update on Fabio Carvalho

Toby Cudworth
Fabio Carvalho on the ball
Fabio Carvalho on the ball / OLI SCARFF/GettyImages

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hopeful that the knee injury suffered by Fabio Carvalho in the Merseyside derby stalemate with Everton is not serious.

Carvalho clashed knees with Everton midfielder Amadou Onana in the first half of the 0-0 draw at Goodison Park, and was substituted at the interval after struggling to run off the knock.

There was obvious concern on the Liverpool bench given the extent of their current midfield injury crisis, but Klopp moved to allay any fears that Carvalho's injury is serious after the game.

The German told reporters: "It's not bad. I think it is extremely painful, it is a dead leg on the muscle above the knee and he couldn't bend the knee anymore. When this muscle swells up, there is no space for anything else.

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“We have to now see how quickly that will settle. You could see he tried, but you could see he couldn’t run properly. We just waited for half-time and then made the change with Bobby."

Liverpool's turnaround time before their next game is short, with Klopp's side kicking off their Champions League campaign against Napoli on Wednesday. Three days later they are back in Premier League action when Bruno Lage's Wolves travel to Anfield.

Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all currently sidelined by injury, hence the immediate concern over Carvalho, who has featured in an unfamiliar midfield role so far this season to accommodate Liverpool's personnel issues.