Jurgen Klopp has defended his decision to keep Fabinho out of his Liverpool team.
The tactician admits it is “not nice” to tell him he will not be playing.
Fabinho has only once been in the matchday squad for a Premier League game since his reported £39million move from Monaco.
Klopp’s exclusion of the Brazil international from his plans has raised eyebrows, particularly given the injuries to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and defender Dejan Lovren.
However, he says it’s all part of the plan to acclimatize the player to ways.
“It’s absolutely no problem. It’s not that I like to say Fabinho is full of energy and I tell him he’s not involved. It’s not nice.
“He came from another league, a completely different system and we have a good team together so that takes time, but the plan is still he will make us better so, from my point of view, it’s all fine.
“I know the situation is not like people expected. I can’t change that.”