Jurgen Klopp has made Liverpool fans wait for a glimpse of what big-money summer signing Fabinho can do in a red shirt.
But with midfield injuries mounting up, the Reds boss gave the Brazilian an opportunity to shine against Red Star in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The former Monaco man grabbed it with both hands; producing a performance of energy and quality as the Reds ran out 4-0 winners.
Klopp’s comments after the game were telling. He offered an insight into perhaps why Fabinho has had to wait but also a way in which he can become a more regular feature in the team.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Klopp revealed that Fabinho’s favoured system of play is a 4-2-3-1, with him as one of two holding midfield players.
That represents a departure from the 4-3-3 which brought Liverpool so much success last season, but Fabinho played so well on Wednesday that Klopp may well consider a longer-term change, especially given the injury problems he has in the engine room.
But if Klopp sticks with the system he used so much last season – his preference for which may explain the slow start to Fabinho’s Liverpool career – then the Brazilian could continue to struggle.