Liverpool played out a drab 0-0 draw with Manchester United yesterday as the Reds failed to win for a fourth straight game.
The reigning Premier League champions are facing a real fight to retain their Premier League title if their recent form is anything to go by.
Jurgen Klopp’s team have slipped down to fourth in the division and haven’t found the net for three consecutive games.
Yesterday’s Anfield bore highlighted some alarming concerns for Liverpool and one involved Fabinho.
The £100,000-a-week player was in fine form and there is no question that he is proving himself as an integral member of Klopp’s team.
Right now Fabinho finds himself as the club’s utility man, filling in as a central defender and that is where the problem lies.
Some statistics have emerged from yesterday’s game that offer an indication as to where Liverpool might be going wrong.
The Reds lined up with a 4-2-3-1 and that is probably down to the fact that both Fabinho and Jordan Henderson played at centre-back.
Liverpool do lose something when they don’t go with the 4-3-3 system that has served them so well in the last two years.
Yesterday, Fabinho registered four interceptions which from the heart of the defence is pretty impressive. Counterpart, Harry Maguire, for example only claimed three (Who Scored).
But Liverpool were pretty slow to get the ball moving in midfield throughout the 90 minutes.
For all of Thiago’s brilliance, the Reds could have done with Fabinho in midfield alongside him.
Liverpool’s front three didn’t receive the ball quick enough yesterday and that is seemingly due to the change in the system.
How can Klopp arrest this mini-slump?
On current form, the Liverpool boss might be somewhat delusional if he thinks he can win another title without signing a centre-back.
Both Fabinho and Henderson are arguably two of Klopp’s better midfielders and both are wasted at centre-back.
Alongside the formidable Thiago, those three could cause some real damage if unleashed together.
In order for that to become a reality, however, Klopp is going to need to swallow his pride and land a central defender.