The Brazilian was sent off after half an hour in the Reds’ win over Aston Villa, suffering from a hamstring injury which Jurgen Klopp says will rule him out of this weekend’s final.
Klopp has at least confirmed Fabinho will be fit in time for the Champions League final later this month, but for now it looks like Jordan Henderson is most likely to play the deepest of the three midfielders ground.
“We can cope, having it or not having it is a difference but everything is fine,” Klopp said on Thursday.
“These are normal things that happen. He’s never in a position where you have 12 options, he’s always in a position where you [don’t].
“We have a few players. Hendo came and played amazing [against Villa]he’s had some great games this season at number six, so that’s not a problem.
Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah didn’t start at Villa Park but are expected to return to the side, with Klopp’s two big decisions coming at centre-back and up front.
Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate are in competition to link up with Virgil van Dijk in defence, with Konate potentially getting the nod as he looks better suited to deal with the threat from Romelu Lukaku.
Luis Diaz is expected to start alongside Salah and Sadio Mane in the top three which would force Diogo Jota to settle for a place on the bench.
Predicts Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Thiago, Keita; Salah, mane, Diaz