Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
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Fabinho reveals why he didn't sign for Manchester United

Fabinho reveals why he didn't sign for Manchester United

"I think Liverpool are very close, I think they are knocking on the door", the Rangers boss told Press Association Sport.

Naby Keita and Fabinho are both set to be handed their first run-outs in Liverpool shirts at the Swansway Chester Stadium but Klopp is expected to be without Lallana and Matip.

"Whoever had a concussion knows there is not one way how it feels, there are different ways".

"He was influenced by that knock, that is 100 per cent".

Klopp insists Karius suffered a concussion in Kiev.

When it was announced via the club's major social platforms that Fabinho had been signed, it came as a major surprise because rumours that he might join only began a few hours before the official press release.

"I told the boys on Tuesday that everybody has the opportunity to show up, so do it", he said. He had a knock on his head and he felt that but he didn't know he had a concussion.

Jose Mourinho has also been keen to strengthen his midfield armoury this summer as club icon Michael Carrick called time on his playing career; Fabinho was touted to make the switch to Old Trafford, but he has since dismissed that this was ever a possibility.

Liverpool FC were thought to be in the market to sign AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson, who has been impressing as Brazil's number one at the World Cup.

"After four days I got a call from Franz Beckenbauer, our Bobby Moore, our biggest football player who is a good friend of mine".

As a result, Klopp says he intends to use two much-changed line-ups in each half in order not to overload his players.

"For me it is 100% the explanation [for his performance]", said Klopp, 51. It's really not important what the people say.

"That was, for me, the explanation and I thought: 'OK, come on, we need to check that.' I thought it was too late, you can not check that".

Fabinho revealed exclusively to FourFourTwo: "Firstly he (Roberto) sent me some messages saying that Jurgen Klopp had been following me for some time and liked my style of play".

"If Jurgen doesn't think he is capable of bouncing back from that of course he will have to go into the market and get another goalkeeper but Jurgen knows him better than me". We don't use it as an excuse, we use it as an explanation. I'm not sure if we have two complete teams because not really all positions are covered. Five days after the final, Loris had 26 of 30 markers for a concussion still.

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