News From Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp explains Fabio Carvalho’s 5-game absence – ‘Nothing personal’

Carvalho was a highly anticipated arrival at Anfield following his breakout season with Fulham, but it has been a stop-start campaign so far.

Used regularly in the early months albeit often from the bench the 20-year-old scored in consecutive Premier League games including a stunning last-minute winner against Newcastle in August.

His next goal for the club came in the Carabao Cup defeat to Man City on December 22, but he was then withdrawn at half-time in that game and has not featured since.

Asked for an explanation for Carvalho going five games now as an unused substitute, Klopp insisted that it was not a personal issue.

There are no, from my point of view, personal situations or stuff like this, he told reporters.

We are a football team, players offer and I have to pick. Thats pretty much everything. Theres nothing else.

Hes behaving well, everything is good, didnt have any problems or whatever. Its just sports decisions that you make for the moment.

But we are working, he is working. Thats all.

Carvalho could finally come into the side for the FA Cup third-round replay at Wolves on Tuesday night, with Klopp admitting the need for fresh legs and with options scarce in the final third.

There is no guarantee, of course, but the No. 28 is a viable candidate along with those who started the 3-0 loss at Brighton on Saturday.

That humiliation at the Amex has led to question marks over the strength of the squad, not least in their mentality, but Klopp is adamant that there are no fractures developing.

Its always the question. What is there first: team spirit or success? I am 100 percent it is always the spirit first, he said.

Maybe there are some examples where it was different I was never involved in them.

But theres nothing. There are no issues or whatever. The boys are good with each other, we are good with each other.

That doesnt mean that I cannot be harsh. That doesnt that they cannot be clear in what they want from each other.

All these things happen. Its clear.

Thank god nothing like that happens outside of the dressing room. That would be probably really bad if then all of a sudden we had to explain these kinds of things.

So far we are at least good with that. But we are very clear with ourselves. We dont hide, neither information nor ourselves.

So thats it, but we have to admit too often this season we didnt play to our potential. Thats the truth as well.