Liverpool midfielder Fabinho could make his 50th appearance for the club against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and Jurgen Klopp was keen to praise him.
As per Liverpool’s official website, Klopp praised the way the 25-year-old has adjusted to English football and also hailed his team-mates for making his job easier.
He said: “He plays like he played at Monaco, but needed time to adapt to the different rhythm and tempo in the league. When he got used to that, he can play like he plays because of his quality. A very smart footballer and really skilled in all defensive things. These individual defensive things are really difficult to learn.
“It’s about all his game intelligence. It’s really good. But Fabinho playing in a midfield with two players who are not really involved in defending, he would look completely different. Thank God, he doesn’t have to play alone.”
TBR’s View – Fabinho has evolved to be every bit as important as van Dijk or Alisson
Plenty was made of Alisson’s arrival in summer 2018, just months after Virgil van Dijk signed on the dotted line, with the headline that Liverpool had spent big money rectify their two glaring weaknesses.
In between, Fabinho was signed in a shock move that came just days after the Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.
But that splurge, which also saw Naby Keita arrive, was almost viewed at the time as Jurgen Klopp giving himself an embarrassment of riches in midfield, fresh legs with which to rotate an ensure his high-tempo game didn’t burn out his engine room.
In just over a year since, Fabinho has established himself as a holding midfielder as adept as any you may hope to find, shunting Jordan Henderson back into a more advanced role and is now just as vital to this Liverpool side.