Dietmar Hamann has described Liverpool star Fabinho as “brilliant”, but claimed that they massively miss him in the midfield this season.
The 27-year-old has been an integral part of the Reds side during the past couple of years.
He is a combative defensive midfielder that breaks up play and kickstarts attacks so effectively with his passing.
But numerous injuries in the centre-back area has twisted the arm of manager Jurgen Klopp.
With several senior centre-backs injured, Fabinho has dropped into the heart of the defence and done it effortlessly to show off the kind of football brain he has.
The Brazilian midfielder has looked a natural at centre-back, albeit his presence in the centre of the park has been felt.
Hamann has explained why he feels Fabinho is so important to the Reds XI.
“Fabinho has been brilliant in defence, but he’s a loss in midfield as he gives the team good balance and gives the other midfielders and attackers the license and freedom to go forward and enjoy themselves,” Hamann told talkSPORT.
Despite the fact he’s doing well by defence, Fabinho is at his best in midfield when he’s screening the back four.
The South American enforcer is that extra security that can sit deeper when Liverpool attack and it allows the forward players to flourish without any concerns of a counter-attack.
His £43.7million signing (Sky Sports) has turned out to be a massive bargain. Liverpool supporters need to be patient to see him back in his more favoured position, but right now he’s doing an excellent stand-in job for Klopp.