Fabinho applauded Jurgen Klopp's man-management style, convinced the Liverpool boss knows what is best for his players' development.

Klopp has earned wide acclaim ever since joining Liverpool in 2015, with the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss introducing an entertaining brand of football and overseeing a notable improvement in the team who lead Premier League champions Manchester City by four points at the top of the table.

He has also been praised for his impact on the players themselves, with Klopp putting trust in youngsters and ensuring others have improved.

Fabinho is one of those to have made significant strides, as the Brazilian struggled to get in Liverpool's team initially after joining from Monaco for a reported £44million in July.

There were reservations about Fabinho's positioning and suitability to Klopp's system, but he has become a more regular starter in recent months and he saluted his manager's influence.

"The relationship with the coach is good," the midfielder told Liverpool's official website. "He has a different way of speaking to each player.

"He understands things about us, things we need to improve on. He'll tell you what he wants you to do on the pitch concerning movement so that when we're on the pitch we understand the best options for us. The relationship I have with him is very good."

With Liverpool enduring something of a defensive injury crisis, Fabinho had to fill in at centre-back in Saturday's 1-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion and he felt comfortable there.

"I'd already played the previous game as a centre-back against Wolves," he added, referring to the Reds' 2-1 defeat in the third round of the FA Cup. "I think it went well, I had a good understanding with Ki-Jana Hoever [against Wolves], the communication was good.

"Regarding positioning, I improved throughout the game in this aspect. I did well, and in the last game against Brighton, I think I played well.

"Playing alongside [Virgil] Van Dijk helped, he's really vocal, he guided us. He helped me a lot. I had good communication with Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and also with Hendo [Jordan Henderson]; they were the players closest to me on the pitch.

"In general, I think it was a good game. In this position, which I haven't played in a lot, I think I adapted well. There are some aspects, such as positioning, that I need to improve on.

"If I were to play in this position more, I'd improve on these things, but that's natural."

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Jurgen Klopp believes Fabinho's "defensive brain" allows him to slot into Liverpool's rearguard with no problem.

Injuries have left the Premier League leaders short at the back in recent weeks and Fabinho has been called upon to fill in at the centre of defence.

The Brazilian midfielder lined up alongside Virgil van Dijk as Liverpool claimed a 1-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday and put on an assured performance as Klopp's side kept a clean sheet.

And the German says having a player of Fabinho's versatility makes it easier to cope with injury crises.

"Fabinho is a brilliant player," said Klopp. "To have a good footballer in that position when you have the ball is great.

"It was not one attack after another, we had the ball most of the time.

"But Brighton tried to bring the long balls around Glenn Murray, like with Joe Gomez in the home game – but he did well in these situations as well.

"He has a defensive brain and can play in a lot of positions."

Mohamed Salah's penalty sealed the victory, restoring the Reds' seven-point margin at the summit. 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted Adam Lallana still had a role to play for the Premier League leaders despite the midfielder's injury woes.

Jurgen Klopp is not worried that Liverpool have lost momentum in the last week as he insists the squad do not discuss the situation at the top of the Premier League table.

Jurgen Klopp is disappointed that Liverpool are only in two competitions at this stage of the season, but he is hopeful the Premier League leaders can use the extra time on the training pitch to their advantage.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren suffered a hamstring injury during Monday's 2-1 defeat to Wolves in the third round of the FA Cup, manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.

Lovren was one of just two players retained in Klopp's starting XI from last Thursday's defeat to Premier League title rivals Manchester City but he pulled up during the early stages at Molineux.

It meant 16-year-old Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever was introduced, becoming Liverpool's youngster ever FA Cup player.

Hoever played alongside defensive midfielder Fabinho at the heart of Klopp's defence as goals from Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves saw Wolves through, and the youngster's countryman Virgil van Dijk is now the Reds' only fit senior centre-back as Joe Gomez (broken leg) and Joel Matip (fractured collarbone) remain in rehabilitation.

Speaking at a post-match news conference, Klopp insisted Lovren's selection had not been a risk and rebuked any suggestions his much-changed side suggested a lack of respect for the FA Cup.

"[It is his] hamstring, is what I heard - without any signs before. I asked everybody, no signs, nothing, just out of the blue, so that's the decision you have to make.

"I am not sure what you all would have said if immediately from the beginning if our centre-half situation was Fabinho and Ki-Jana; then probably a few very smart people would tell me that I don't respect the competition or whatever.

"So, we tried to do all the things [we could]. Of course, on the other hand it doesn't make sense to bring in a 16-year-old boy from the start. You don't bring him, you wait until he is completely ready, but he did well. He came on and did well.

"That's how it sometimes starts - when you are really needed then it is only about if you are good enough and not how old you are. He did well, so that was all okay."

Klopp said he was unsure at this stage over the amount of time Lovren was facing on the sidelines, while at the weekend he told reporters Gomez and Matip were progressing but a few days away from returning to training.

"[Joe is] getting better, it's getting better, but he is not yet involved," he said.

"Joel is maybe a bit closer, I'm not sure, but hopefully he moves completely normal. We have to see how the bone healing is, that's always how it is when something [has] broken, but from his movements it looks nearly normal.

"But there are still a few days to go until we can have them in team training, until [Joel] is ready for contact, which for a centre-half is pretty important. Until then we will make all the fitness work.

"The good thing is Joel can do all the fitness work already since a week or so ago, so that means when he will be back he will be 100 per cent fit. Then he has to get rhythm and everything will be fine."

Ruben Neves' superb strike gave Wolves a 2-1 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup third round – making it back-to-back defeats for the Premier League leaders.

Jurgen Klopp made nine changes to the XI that lost by the same scoreline to title rivals Manchester City last Thursday and they turned in a lethargic first-half display, trailing at the break to Raul Jimenez's opener.

Divock Origi found a fine equaliser but Portugal midfielder Neves raised the decibel levels significantly at Molineux with a decisive 55th-minute long ranger.

One of the players Klopp retained from the City defeat, Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren, pulled up and had to be replaced in the sixth minute, meaning 16-year-old Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever became Liverpool's youngest player in FA Cup history

It was a couple of senior men who let their manager down in the 38th minute when Diogo Jota stole possession from James Milner and burst past Fabinho.

Jota played in Jimenez, who still had plenty to do but bore down on goal and steered an unerring finish beyond Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool pulled level six minutes into the second half when the hitherto anonymous Origi engineered a fraction of space on the edge of the box to smash home left footed.

Parity did not last long as Neves found an even better finish by launching a typically dipping and swerving effort from 30 yards.

Jimenez had the chance to move Wolves closer to round four when he picked Hoever's pocket but could not adjust his feet after going around Mignolet.

The run of spectacular second-half strikes continued as a sumptuous free-kick from Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri hit the inside of the right post and somehow bounced to safety.

Klopp then called for the big guns, sending on Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, but Wolves held on.

What does it mean? Klopp turns attention back towards biggest challenge

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted he was not in a position to choose between competitions and named a strong side to demolish Rotherham United 7-0 on Sunday. Klopp, whose squad depth is improved but does not quite match that enjoyed by Guardiola, evidently does not feel the same way and such a result always felt likely after the team-sheets were handed in.

Neves adds another stunner to his collection

Former Porto captain Neves won rave reviews early in the season but has only started one of Wolves' past three Premier League matches. The 21-year-old was back to his sublime best here, controlling midfield with his exhaustive range of passing before producing another goal to linger in the memory.

Listless Sturridge fails to make his case

Liverpool's front two were notable for operating in not-so-splendid isolation before half-time but Origi at least got himself on the scoresheet in style after the break. Daniel Sturridge, who was England's first-choice striker at the start of Gareth Southgate's reign, appears to have accepted his lot as back-up following a string of injuries and the fabulous form of Jurgen Klopp's forwards. However, he only has six months remaining on his Anfield contract and this was a sorry pitch for an extension.

What's next?

Liverpool will hope for more of the same from Wolves when they travel to Manchester City in seven days' time, by which point an away victory at Brighton and Hove Albion could again put the Reds seven points clear of the reigning champions.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp backed the "outstanding" Naby Keita, saying the midfielder needed more time to adapt.

Keita, 23, has made 18 appearances for the Premier League side this season, although just 10 of those have been starts since he arrived from RB Leipzig in July last year.

Klopp said injury setbacks had hurt Keita's season and he feels there is more to come from the Guinea international.

"He is a fantastic player and I'm really happy to have him here," he said ahead of Monday's FA Cup clash against Wolves.

"It's so good and I am really looking forward to our common future because see if you see it every day, wow, there is so much to come and so much influence he can have on each game, so that's all good.

"There was no reason [for him not playing recently], just because other boys were in good shape as well. It was a bit about positioning, a bit about system and all that stuff. That's how football decisions are.

"There is really, really no doubt about the boy, he is an outstanding player."

Keita could get a chance to shine against Wolves, while 16-year-old defender Ki-Jana Hoever could be handed a Liverpool debut.

Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are injured, while fellow centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren have been heavily relied upon through a busy period.

Klopp said Gomez and Matip were nearing a return, but he will have to come up with other ideas – or use Van Dijk and Lovren again – against Wolves.

"We will see what we do, but we cannot, we will not sign a centre-half for one game or whatever, that will not happen," he said.

"Joe and Joel look good - obviously not good enough for Monday, not good enough I would say for the game after that, for Brighton, [but] hopefully then they are at least in full team training.

"I think for Joel it would be possible, for Joe at least there's a little hope that it can be the same, so we will see. Joe had a good day, a very good day [on Friday], so that's good."

Simon Mignolet accepts it is "not easy" to be consigned to Liverpool's bench following the signing of Alisson.

The Brazil international became the world's most expensive goalkeeper when he joined from Roma last July in a deal that could rise to €72.5million, although that fee was then eclipsed by Kepa Arrizabalaga's switch from Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea.

Mignolet has yet to make an appearance in the Premier League this season as a result, having battled with Loris Karius for the gloves last term, although he is set to face Wolves in the FA Cup on Monday.

At the start of the season Karius was given the green light to join Besiktas on loan, a decision Mignolet described as "bizarre", and he is not enjoying playing a back-up role to Alisson.

"Of course it isn't easy," Mignolet told Liverpool's official website. "I've spoken about it before - it's not something that you want to be doing, but the team is doing so well and you just try to help the team as best as you can.

"I'm behind Alisson who is a really good goalkeeper - probably within the best five goalkeepers in the world, if not the best - and you can accept and understand it.

"We try to work hard and we get along really well as well, the both of us. I can learn from him, he can learn from me and we just try to work as hard as we can.

"Not only between the goalkeepers, but I also know that I have to be ready for if anything happens or the team needs me, and therefore I have to be working hard on daily basis for when the chance comes along or I get called upon. 

"It's not easy, mentally especially, but I try to keep the focus as best as I can. That's the only thing I can do really."

Alisson is widely regarded as among the best goalkeepers in the world, an assessment with which Mignolet agrees.

"I think he's just a naturally good goalkeeper," Mignolet added. "He's got the talent and everything comes natural to him, which makes him a really special goalkeeper. 

"He doesn't have to really think about anything and switch off, it’s always coming fluently and that makes it very easy for him to play in goal. 

"He's number one for Brazil in front of the 'keeper for Manchester City, so that says itself a lot already. He's doing really well for the team and I can only learn from him."

Trent Alexander-Arnold feels Liverpool can take inspiration from Manchester City after the champions ended the Reds' unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

Liverpool went down 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday, Leroy Sane scoring a second-half winner for Pep Guardiola's side after Roberto Firmino had cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s opener.

City therefore cut Liverpool's lead atop the table to four points and, with Tottenham only two points further back, an exciting title race looks on the cards.

Last season, City's unbeaten run in the league was ended by Liverpool at Anfield in January, but Guardiola's men responded by going on to win the title with a record-breaking 100 points.

And Alexander-Arnold, who helped set up Firmino's equaliser on Thursday, feels Liverpool can use the pain of their first league loss of the campaign to drive them on.

"Every defeat hurts. But losing to City is really hard because we’ve been on such a long unbeaten run," the England defender said.

"We've had a lot of wins this season and we were dreading this moment. In the back of our minds, we knew we would lose a game eventually because football is like that.

"But City lost their unbeaten record at Anfield last season – and at the same time of year – and they responded by going on another long run of winning games.

"That's what the top teams do and it's what we've got to do. Listen, this is a bitter one to take. What we've got to do is get better and move forward. We don't let one defeat ruin our season."

Liverpool have a chance to respond to their City setback when they travel to fellow Premier League side Wolves in the FA Cup third round on Monday.

Despite the progress the Reds have made under his leadership, Liverpool are yet to win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp, and Alexander-Arnold wants to end that record.

"We're going there to win," he added. "It's not a free hit against Wolves. It's a chance to win a trophy – and everyone at Liverpool wants to win things. We're not going there to get knocked out. We want to win. It becomes a habit.

"I remember Steven Gerrard's goal against West Ham [in the 2006 final]. It was a great final and a great day for the club. We're all trying to get back to those days again – and hopefully that will happen this season.

"Liverpool is a great club with a massive history, and the players who are here now must carry that responsibility. We haven't won a trophy for a few years. It's been too long, really, for a club like this. But it is what it is. We can only try to do our bit and add to that history."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes even if his team were to win the FA Cup, it would not be enough to silence some of their critics.

Coming off their first Premier League loss of the season, Liverpool visit Wolves in a tough cup clash on Monday.

While Liverpool have made progress under Klopp, they are yet to win silverware, losing Champions League, Europa League and EFL Cup finals.

But Klopp said perhaps not even the FA Cup would be enough, with the club still looking to end a 29-year wait for a league title.

"It is always when people talk to me about silverware it always looks like we have to get each little thing," he said.

"If we won the FA Cup then people would say that we didn't win the Premier League for so many years. We cannot change what other people think.

"We have to try our best in every game we play and so far, not only this season but especially this season, that's what the boys did – and that's what we will try again and again and again and we will see what happens.

"I would say we had the toughest draw together with Chelsea in the first round of the League Cup. I don't know all the others, but [other than] Bournemouth versus Brighton there is not a lot of all-Premier League ties.

"We have to think about the whole situation, not being like children and jumping always from one problem to the next problem – we have to consider all and that's what we will do."

Klopp is set to make numerous changes for the trip to Wolves, including giving Alberto Moreno a rare opportunity this season.

Liverpool have failed to progress beyond the fourth round of the FA Cup since Klopp took over in October 2015.

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool's performance in their defeat at Manchester City indicates how far his side have progressed this term.

Premier League leaders Liverpool went down 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday, the Reds' first top-flight loss of the campaign reducing the gap at the top to four points.

Liverpool have a chance to get back to winning ways when they travel to Wolves on Monday in the FA Cup third round.

Klopp is not concerned by how Liverpool will react to a defeat that breathed new life into the title race.

"This game was different and an important step for us. A really tough game for both teams," Klopp told a news conference.

"There are times when you lose games. It was the first one in the league but we lost three or four games before [this season], so no special thing.

"Yes, we lost 2-1, but if you look at the game nobody would be surprised if it would have been a draw.

"How I saw the game it was unlucky in decisive moments but that is absolutely okay because you cannot always be on the lucky side. 

"I said it after the game against City at home that they missed a penalty, that could have been a defeat and it wasn't, so things like that.

"I was fine with the performance, the intensity of the game. We have won games against them, but in these games City were better. 

"Now it was 50-50, we had our moments, caused them completely different problems to the games before."

Liverpool faced Wolves in the Premier League on December 21, with goals from Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk ensuring a 2-0 victory.

However, Klopp confirmed he will be making changes for Monday's trip to Molineux, with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet set to start.

"We have to," Klopp answered when asked if he would rotate his squad. "We came through the intense period somehow okay, but we have to make changes.

"Simon will play, of course. The goalkeeper position is a different one, but Simon, I could write a book about all of the good things I could say about him.

"He's a fantastic professional. He did brilliantly so far, like all of the boys who don't play constantly, they keep the level really high in training, unbelievable high quality.

"Simon is a Premier League goalkeeper, everyone knows that. It will be a difficult game, so good for a goalkeeper, he will get to show [his quality]."

Pep Guardiola described Jurgen Klopp as "an incredible manager" on the eve of Liverpool's trip to Premier League title rivals Manchester City.

The reigning champions face a seven-point deficit to Klopp's Reds, who are yet to taste a top-flight defeat this season ahead of Thursday's crunch clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Last October's showdown between the two sides at Anfield ended in a goalless draw, but Liverpool prevailed in three of last season's four meetings.

If that recent record suggests Klopp may have got the measure of Guardiola's City, the former Barcelona coach did not appear too concerned and freely offered up warm praise for his German counterpart.

"First of all, he's an incredible manager," said Guardiola, who saw his side beat Southampton last time out to put back-to-back losses behind them.

"I have a good relationship with him and his team always plays good.

"I don't count the number of times I beat managers and think I am special.

"Our teams play, I beat him, he beat me, I win cups and he won some. I congratulate him when he beats me and I move forward."

Having won major domestic and European honours with Barca, Bayern Munich and now City, Guardiola has lost none of his enthusiasm for the big matches and he is relishing this one.

Asked what it meant to him to be involved in such games, he replied: "[It is an] incredible pleasure. I'm a manager and to play these games, to see what we can do on the big stage with people in these stadiums, it's a dream to play these games.

"It's when I'm most calm. The players will try to do the performance they can do."

City will have to wait on the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne, who trained on Wednesday following a persistent knee problem.

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac is excited to go up against Liverpool's "great coach" Jurgen Klopp after the two sides were drawn to face each other in the Champions League.

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