Liverpool star Fabinho admits he was surprised that club manager Jurgen Klopp questioned Brazil coach Tite over his use of the midfielder.
Klopp was unhappy at the amount that Fabinho was playing on international duty in October 2020.
When Fabinho picked up a hamstring injury, Klopp sarcastically stated that Fabinho rarely played for Brazil regardless of his fitness.
“I’m not sure if Tite is too worried because he never plays him, so [Fabinho] will probably now not sit on the bench for the next three international games,” Klopp said.
“For us it’s obviously a proper blow but for now we don’t know.”
In an interview with UOL in Brazil, Fabinho stated: “After I had already won the position at Liverpool and won important titles, Klopp surprised me with a statement speaking directly to Tite.
“When I heard it, I thought: ‘Damn it! Strong!’
“I was curious how Tite would react, but he was quiet, good. Klopp is older than me, I can’t control what he says! (laughs). He has a very strong name in football and knows the size of his statements. He always cares about his players, the travels, the wear and everything.
“He’s already talked to me about selection (Brazil call-up). I made it clear that I always wanted to defend Brazil and for the dream of playing in a World Cup. He understands. He said he never played for the national team and that he doesn’t know the feeling, but that he understood me.
“I’ve never played professionally for any Brazilian club, but when I’m asked if I have that frustration, the answer is no. I seized the opportunity that came early for me and made my career in Europe.”