However, the Liverpool manager insists it is part of a long-term plan to help Fabinho acclimatise to his plans. Did Sadio [Mane] play from the beginning?
"It's absolutely no problem", he said. It's not that I like to say Fabinho is full of energy and I tell him he's not involved.
"(We are) disappointed because we are going to miss him for maybe this game and against Inter Milan in Champions League", said Pochettino.
"Sometimes it takes more time, sometimes a bit less but from my point of view it is all fine but I know the situation is not like a few people would have expected". "I can't change that".
It will mark the start of an extremely busy period for Klopp's side, with seven matches in 23 days on the horizon, and Klopp admits squad rotation will be required in the coming weeks, although Adam Lallana (groin) and Dejan Lovren (pelvis) remain sidelined.
Goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris will miss the match, just as he did prior to the global break, after suffering a thigh strain.
"The most hard [thing] is when you don't have a lot of players", said Klopp.
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"Hopefully everything is going well and he can be back as soon as possible, like Dele".
Liverpool's intensity dropped between the West Ham and Leicester games but we've been more reliable on the defence so haven't paid the price.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the league when they face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday.
Clinton Morrison believes that Liverpool are the standout contenders to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title this season.
"I don't know the team from 1990, I know Germany were the World Cup winners that year". We need to be really good because all the other teams are so good.
"I don't know exactly what it means but to focus on one competition can only be if maybe you are already out of the competition almost". It has been good but it hasn't been brilliant and we haven't blown teams away to the same degree as last season. "I don't know what that is".