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Fabinho’s defender ‘DNA’ gives Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp a brilliant headache

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Fabinho’s defender ‘DNA’ gives Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp a brilliant headache

The summer signing featured at right-back for Brazil recently.

Liverpool did some incredible looking business in the summer. Naby Keita arrived from RB Leipzig whilst Alisson was brought in to address the goalkeeping issues. Another player snapped up was Brazilian international Fabinho.

Liverpool pulled off something of a shock move for the player in a deal worth around £43.7 million.

The holding midfielder arrived with an excellent reputation after his form in the Champions League and Ligue 1. However, it has not been plain sailing just yet for the player.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 28: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Fabinho of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on August 28, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Fabinho is yet to feature for Liverpool in the Premier League. But this week, he put in a brilliant performance for his national team.

Fabinho lined up at right-back as Brazil defeated the USA. It was a performance that garnered plenty of praise, including from his international boss Tite.

 

“Fabinho has the DNA of a defender. I talked to him before when I got him on the phone and he said, “There is no problem with that. In the first period Fabinho adapted to his position. Then he played more liberated, with quality in his passes.

“He initiated the game. I told the players to regularly look for Fabinho, because the more we participate in the game, the more we trust him.”

– Brazil coach Tite on Fabinho


His comments however centered around defence being his best position.

Jurgen Klopp will no doubt view this all as a perfect headache. Fabinho is equally adept in a number of positions. His ability to cover both in midfield and at right-back make him the perfectly versatile type of player that Klopp craves. With Liverpool set to play a lot of games this season, having a midfielder with the ‘DNA’ of a defender, can only be a good thing.

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