Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he is taking his time integrating Fabinho.
The Brazil international moved to Anfield from AS Monaco at the start of the Summer, but is yet to make his competitive debut for the club so far this season.
Klopp has said that he wants the midfielder to be well prepared before he is selected for action, after only selecting him as an unused substitute once so far this season.
“I don’t like to compare players but, to be honest, we had similar questions and similar things to talk about around Robbo and about Ox.” he said.
“The thing is, it’s absolutely no problem. I don’t like the situation; it’s not that I like to say to Fabinho, who is full of energy and desire and wants to be involved, ‘you are not involved this weekend’.
“That’s not nice, it’s only the job to do sometimes.
“We have players that worked together now for much longer; he comes from another league, a completely different system which Monaco played, to us. We have a good team together so that takes time.
“The plan was, and is still, that he will make us better. That’s what we are working on. That sometimes needs more time, sometimes a bit less.
“From my point of view, it’s all fine. I know the situation is not like maybe a few people would have expected but sorry, I cannot change that.” he finished.
Some reports are claiming that Fabinho will return to the bench for the trip to face Spurs at Wembley on Saturday lunchtime.