Brazilian Fabinho begins to be an important player for Jürgen Klopp in Liverpool. After an adaptation period in which he almost did not play, the athlete begins to have minutes of game and already has to perform a different function of the habitual ones. Because of many injuries, he was passed to the defense, where he must remain for a few more games. In an interview with the official website of the club, Fabinho said that he imagined that it would be used in the position at some point.
“Few weeks ago I knew that I could be an option because some players were injured and we only had two defenders available. When Dejan [Lovren] got hurt, I knew it would be logical for me to play in that position. I had training sessions to play in that position and helped me to adapt and understand some aspects like positioning and movements that have to be natural to play in that position, “revealed Fabinho.
The Reds’ number 3 reached Anfield in July 2018 for 45 million euros. Surrounded by expectations, the player took time to make his debut that only came a month after the start of the season. Klopp was emphatic at the time to say that he needed time to adapt and there was no problem in that.
After his debut, the Brazilian began to become important in the midfield of the Reds and had outstanding performances, such as against Manchester United, which served to overthrow Jose Mourinho from the charge in the Red Devils.
Due to the injuries of Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren, Fabinho was “forced” to play alongside Van Dijk in the center of the back. In the match against Brighton & Hove Albion for the Premier League, the Reds won the match 1-0. He analyzed the game and even with good performance he acknowledged that there is much to improve yet.
“I had already played the previous match against the Wolves as a defender, and in the last game against Brighton I think I played well, playing alongside Van Dijk helped , he talked a lot and guided us. He helped me a lot and I had a good communication with Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and also with Henderson, they were the closest players to me on the pitch. Overall, I think it was a good game. In this position that I didn’t play that much I adapted well. There are some points which I need to improve, as a position. If I need to play more in that position, I will need to improve on these things, but it’s natural, “said the Brazilian.
Liverpool are at the top of the Premier League with 57 points, four ahead of second-placed Manchester City, who is 53. On Saturday (19) Liverpool host Crystal Palace in Anfield for 23rd round of the English competition. It is possible that Fabinho has to play again in the rear, although the Cameroonian Joël Matip may be able to play in the confrontation.