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Klopp delighted Fabinho gives him options in central defence

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Brazil impressed Jurgen enough in central defence in Saturday's 1-0 win over Brighton to reassure the he can be a reliable stop-gap partner for

Croatian added to the problems in central defence when finalist suffered a hamstring in defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers last Monday.

is still out with a foot although Cameroon international has returned to training after recovering from a broken collarbone.

Klopp, though, enthused over Fabinho's performance against an admittedly limited Brighton attack which leaves his side seven points clear of Manchester City, although the champions can reduce it to four if they beat Wolves later on Monday.

"He is a and I am happy that he can play (against Brighton) -- it's now pretty clear (that he can play in defence)," said

"It's not like it came one attack after the other from Brighton.

"We had the ball most of the time, so then it makes sense to have a in that position.

"He did well in these situations (dealing with the high ball) and with (playing) the ball it's absolutely clear. He has a defending brain and can do it in different positions, it's good."

is also hopeful that his young full-back has not damaged his ankle too badly.

The 20-year-old England international failed to start against Brighton after turning his ankle when warming up.

"Trent on the ground -- he's a hard boy so that's not a good sign and the doc came, something with the ankle," said the 51-year-old German.

"And it was pretty painful. He made the sprints, but I didn't like the way he did the sprints because when he slowed down, I thought it looked a bit like limping.

"I don't know exactly what it was and I hope it will not take long, that he doesn't feel it any more.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 16:25 IST