Jurgen Klopp insists Fabinho could play for Liverpool at the moment and claims he has no problem with the Brazilian despite leaving him completely out of the squad against Leicester.
The German coach is yet to hand the £40million a minute of Premier League football in a Liverpool shirt, with many confused at his lack of involvement.
However, Klopp has moved to play down any talk of a rift with his new summer signing and hinted that he would make his debut soon after the international break.
When asked what was wrong with Fabinho, the Reds boss replied: Nothing. The team is good and he needs time.
He could have been in the squad, of course, but its quite difficult to make the squad at the moment because they are all fit.
Its good to have the situation as one might need a bit of time, or the others are more used to it. Thats the only reason.
But he will come back. And now we have games every three days, and he has made big steps in the last few weeks. He could even play at the moment.
Hopefully now Fabinho has games with Brazil, and then after he comes back we have games, games, games.
We have the whole of September a lot of games, only against top teams. We need all of the players, thats good.
We have come through the period where it looked like we didnt need all of them because we played quite a consistent line-up and the level in training was high. Thats all cool. Hopefully they all come back healthy as we have to use them all because of the number of games.