By Pete O’Rourke
Fabinho is in line to be recalled to the Liverpool starting XI for Saturday’s Premier League showdown against Arsenal, Football Insider understands.
Jurgen Klopp has not yet selected his team for the clash against the only other top-flight side to have won their opening two games but is planning for the Brazilian to return to the midfield.
A Liverpool source told Football Insider that Fabinho is set to anchor the midfield for the Anfield fixture, which kicks off at 5.30pm tomorrow.
He was omitted from the XI that beat Southampton 2-1 last Saturday after starting the opening two games against Norwich City and Chelsea in the Super Cup.
Fabinho and Jordan Henderson both dropped out of the midfield for the St Mary’s Stadium clash, although they came on in the second half to help seal the win.
Recalling Fabinho and Henderson would mean axing two of Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the starting triumvirate against Southampton.
It is likely one, and most probably two, of those three big name midfielders will be on the bench against Arsenal.
Klopp prefers a solid central midfield in the marquee fixtures, which could mean Oxlade-Chamberlain, the most attacking and creative of the five, misses out against his former side.