Brazil manager Tite has played down the criticism that Jurgen Klopp fired his way over the treatment of Liverpool star Fabinho.
The Brazilian midfielder is facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury against FC Midtjylland in the Champions League on Tuesday.
It is not thought to be a serious hamstring tear, but the 27-year-old is likely to miss Liverpool’s next three matches – West Ham (h), Atalanta (a) and Man City (a) – while he has also been removed from Brazil’s squad for the upcoming internationals.
Brazil take on Venezuela and Uruguay in November in World Cup qualifiers, but Klopp suggested Tite would barely notice Fabinho’s absence as he never picks him anyway, with the Reds man picking up just 12 caps for his country.
‘I’m not sure if Tite’s too worried because he plays him never so he will probably now not sit on the bench for the next three international games,’ said Klopp.
‘For us it’s obviously a proper blow but for now we don’t know.
‘Fab was not positive but not too negative as well so we will see, we have to wait for the scan tomorrow morning and then we will know more.’
Tite was not about to be drawn into a spat with Klopp about the dynamic midfielder, simply saying that they are on the same page and hold Fabinho’s fitness as their primary concern.
‘Klopp and I have the same thinking and the same scale of values. The health of athletes is essential. It is human,’ the Brazil manager told Jovempan.
‘We have this same idea and way of watching football.’
Liverpool are really struggling in central defence, with Virgil van Dijk already ruled out for a number of months and Joel Matip returning to fitness but having missed the last three games.
That leaves Joe Gomez as the only fully fit senior centre-back, but Klopp is ready to call upon three academy products to fill the gaps.
‘Rhys Williams did really well – that was really good,’ said Klopp after the teenager replaced Fabinho on Tuesday night.
‘He was commanding, he was chatty – it was a really good game from him.
‘The only problem we have now is that there are four days until West Ham, and every day you [the media] will make a story about him and he’ll have to deal with that as well
‘He is a talent, he is 19. Two Champions League appearances and he’s won both. Promising.
‘But we have Nat Phillips [for the Premier League] – he’s a centre-back. Billy [Koumetio] – he will train too.’