Jamie Redknapp has been singing the praises of Jurgen Klopp for the way he allowed Fabinho to slowly adapt to English football.
The Brazilian arrived last summer for a fee reported by the BBC to be in the region of an initial £39 million from Monaco.
However, he was not an instant hit. The Brazilian did not make a Premier League appearance until October and then slowly played himself into an undroppable role in the heart of Liverpool’s midfield.
Redknapp, a former Liverpool player, now thinks something similar is being operated at Chelsea regarding their weekend hat-trick hero Christian Pulisic. As he wrote in his Daily Mail column, he feels it can be a productive way to slowly introduce new talents to the Premier League.
“Just because Pulisic cost £58million, or because he is seen as a superstar in the United States, does not mean we should expect him to arrive in England and rip it up from the get-go. It takes time…He has to get to know the Premier League first…
“Just like Fabinho has done for Liverpool. After signing the midfielder for £39m in the summer of 2018, Jurgen Klopp gave him time.
“Now, the 26-year-old is one of the best No 6s out there. He is crucial to the league leaders, having appeared in every Liverpool game this season, except when he was rested for their Carabao Cup clash with MK Dons.”
There is no doubt that Fabinho was eased into life at Anfield. At one point, plenty of Liverpool fans were starting to get frustrated with the lack of football the Brazilian was seeing at Anfield.
Now however it was clear that Klopp knew what he was doing with the versatile midfielder who is surely one of the first names on the Liverpool team-sheet at present.
Chelsea fans will hope Pulisic also benefits from a similar approach from Frank Lampard.