Brazil manager Tite opted to ignore a thinly-veiled swipe from Jurgen Klopp over his use of Liverpool star Fabinho.
The 27-year-old has been forced to pull out of Brazil's squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Uruguay later this month after suffering a hamstring injury midweek.
Fabinho limped off after just 30 minutes of Liverpool's Champions League win against FC Midtjylland and now looks set to miss all three of his club's fixtures before the international break.
While his absence delivers another blow to Liverpool amid their growing injury crisis, Klopp made a sarcastic remark that Fabinho will not be missed quite as much by his national team.
“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,” Klopp said on Tuesday. "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 [Wednesday] morning and then we will know more."
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It's been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp's men.
They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.
Virgil van Dijk's season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back - especially with Alisson's injury worries too.
But there's no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign - with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.
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Since then the Brazilian Football Confederation have confirmed Fabinho has withdrawn from their next squad after Liverpool informed them he would not be able to play in either fixture taking place on November 14 and 17.
The news will hardly come as a crushing blow to Tite, given Fabinho was left on the bench during wins against Peru and Bolivia last month.
And rather than enter a war of words with Klopp over his selection policy, Tite was keen to suggest he and the Liverpool boss are like-minded people.
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“Klopp and I have the same thinking and the same scale of values," he told Jovempan . "The health of athletes is essential. It is human.
"The use is secondary, just as sport is secondary when we talk about health, when we talk about people, when we talk about something that is bigger. We have this same idea and way of watching football."
Everton midfielder Allan has been called up in place of Fabinho, who is now likely to miss Liverpool's upcoming matches against West Ham, Atalanta and Man City, with a potential return date yet to be pencilled in.