Liverpool's Fabinho could return for Man City showdown, says Klopp

Klopp also said midfielder Naby Keita, who has not featured since the 7-0 win at Crystal Palace last month, is close to returning to action.

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho is set to miss the club's next two Premier League games due to injury but could return in time to face title rivals Manchester City, said manager Jurgen Klopp.

The 27-year-old Brazil international, who has filled in at centre back with several defenders out injured, missed Thursday's 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur with a muscle injury.

Liverpool visits West Ham United on Sunday before hosting Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday and Man City on February 7.

Klopp: Good moment for Liverpool to show up  

"Minor issues nowadays are at least three games," Klopp told reporters ahead of the game against fifth-placed West Ham. "It depends on the week – it could be four games as well. We have to see.

"I think the game where Fab could be back is City."

Klopp also said midfielder Naby Keita, who has not featured since the 7-0 win at Crystal Palace last month, is close to returning to action.

Champion Liverpool is fourth in the table with 37 points from 20 games, seven points behind leader City.

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