Jurgen Klopp and his players will be boosted by the news that the Brazilian destroyer, Fabinho, avoided concussion after cutting his head against Benfica.
The Reds beat the Portuguese outfit 3-1 on Wednesday but in the dying moments, Fabinho suffered a blow to his head.
Klopp said: “It’s a cut, he’s fine. That’s how it looks.
“He had a cut in the back of his head and obviously there is no hair to hold the blood back. That’s why they needed a bit of time.
“But he should be completely fine.”
David Lynch reports that despite fears the Brazilian “might fall foul of concussion protocols”, he has not suffered any further fallout after the clash of heads.
That’s significant for Liverpool as the Reds entire midfield game plan goes out the window if Fabinho is injured. He’s one of the only irreplaceable players at the club.
Klopp will be delighted Fabinho is available for selection after the Reds’ recent run of form which saw Liverpool cut short Manchester City’s lead at the top of the table.
Liverpool have conceded just 2 goals in their last 10 games and Fabinho is vital to that defensive excellence as the Reds close down space incredibly well.
Ruben Dias did not feature for Atletico Madrid and has yet to return to training is currently set to miss the clash against the Reds.
The champions opted for John Stones and Laporte at centre-back and while Kyle Walker was absent against Atletico Madrid, it’s due to the red card he’s serving in Europe.
The Englishman will, barring any late drama, start at right-back while Joao Cancelo will be up against Mohamed Salah at left-back.
Dias’ absence is a blow for City as he was one of the best centre backs in Europe last season and so Liverpool will hope to capitalise on any psychological advantages they may have.