The makeshift central defender went off in the 2-0 home win over Midtjylland

Diogo Jota and substitute Mohamed Salah netted second-half goals as Liverpool beat Midtjylland 2-0 at Anfield. With Fabinho having to go off in the first half to add to their defensive injury problems.

Fabinho – playing at the back again in the absence of Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip. They had to be substituted around the half-hour mark.

That was amid an underwhelming display from the Reds in the first half. During which they failed to register a shot on target.

Jota then put Liverpool ahead in the 55th minute with a close-range finish. And shortly after the visitors had gone close to scoring a late equaliser through Anders Dreyer. Substitute Salah added a penalty in stoppage time.

It made it two wins from two games in Champions League Group D for Jurgen Klopp’s men. But there will be concern over the condition of Fabinho.

Klopp opted to drop Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to the bench for the match. Along with Georginio Wijnaldum, as Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino, Xherdan Shaqiri and James Milner started.

There was an early scare for the hosts as former Brighton man Dreyer latched on to a long pass forward. With his shot being saved by Alisson Becker. And the Brazilian goalkeeper then comfortably gathered a low free-kick from Pione Sisto.

They struggled as looked to get some attacking rhythm going.

Trent Alexander-Arnold sent a cross towards Minamino, who was unable to connect. And the full-back saw his attempted pass to the Japan international intercepted after a good run into the box.

Minamino subsequently failed to get a shot away having been fed by Jordan Henderson. Before Liverpool was hit by another defensive injury blow. Liverpool needs treatment of Fabinho and had to be substituted with 19-year-old Rhys Williams.

Liverpool v Midtjylland – UEFA Champions League – Group D – Anfield
Fabinho forced off by injury (Michael Regan/PA)

Jota and Milner had efforts blocked and Minamino headed wide in stoppage time. As Liverpool got to half-time without having called Midtjylland goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen into action.

When Liverpool finally got a shot on target, 10 minutes into the second half. It gave them the lead.

Alexander-Arnold gave the ball to Shaqiri, received his delightful return pass and squared to Jota, who tapped in.

Liverpool v Midtjylland – UEFA Champions League – Group D – Anfield
Diogo Jota (right) opened the scoring (Michael Regan/PA)

Five minutes later Klopp brought on Salah and Mane for Minamno and Origi. But it was Midtjylland who threatened next as their substitute Evander fired narrowly wide.

Salah shot the off-target and Firmino having also been brought on. Also struck into the stand as the end of the contest drew near.

Dreyer then almost brought things level as he sent a dinked effort into the side-netting. Before Salah sealed the three points for Liverpool. Converting the spot, after referee Pawe? Raczkowski judged he had fouled by Paulinho.

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