Liverpool star Fabinho is enjoying a fine start to life at Anfield.
After a tricky first couple of months where he had to bide his time on the substitutes’ bench, the Brazilian is now one of Jurgen Klopp’s go-to players, whether that be in his usual holding midfield role or in defence.
The summer signing from AS Monaco is quickly proving to be excellent value for money at £43.7 million (The Telegraph), having showed brilliant consistency and versatility.
He was the exact kind of player the team needed and his ability to cover at multiple different positions has come in extremely handy.
The club must be thrilled with the business they did, and at the same time totally relieved that they did not end up signing Jorginho, who was linked with a move to Anfield this time last year for the summer of 2018 (The Mirror).
Jorginho’s struggles emphasised by Fabinho’s excellence
The Italian has really struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League so far.
The star is a brilliant short passer of the ball and recycles possession well, but has struggled in the defensive aspect of the game.
Jorginho appears to lack mobility and is also quite feeble.
As the sole holding midfielder for Chelsea, his shortcomings have been exposed – perhaps in part due to Maurizio Sarri’s stubbornness.
While Jorginho has wilted at Stamford Bridge, the imposing Fabinho is now flourishing on Merseyside.
The Brazilian is simply fantastic in the defensive phase and has the passing range of Jorginho to boot. Simply put, Klopp must be delighted with the decision they made to pursue the Ligue 1 winner.