Former Liverpool midfielder Don Hutchison reckons there is more to Fabinho’s game than just protecting the back four.
The Brazilian has been receiving rave reviews recently from fans, pundits and his own teammates for the brilliant job he does for the team.
£100,000-a-week star Fabinho (Spotrac) has become a trusted member of Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI over the past year, and is now seemingly one of the first names on the teamsheet.
He is the Reds’ go-to player at holding midfield, but Hutchison – who was at Anfield from 1990-94 – believes he doesn’t operate like a typical defensive midfielder.
He wrote on Twitter: “I wonder when people will realise that Fabinho is not just a holding midfielder. He plays like an 8. He was the best player on the pitch over the two Barca games last season and excellent this season.”
TBR’s view – Fabinho so much more than a 6
Arguably Hutchison is right – Fabinho can at times play like a box-to-box midfielder.
Largely he keeps his discipline and screens the back four, but occasionally he will vacate his position to press higher up and then release the ball like a playmaker.
That passing ability suggests he could be used as a ‘number 8’, but Klopp would surely not want to lose that amazing protection he provides for Virgil van Dijk and co.