Following a summer where Liverpool brought in Alisson, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho the pressure is now on Jurgen Klopp to deliver some silverware to Merseyside.
At the back, Liverpool have been incredibly solid this season and look as though they finally have a back four that can win them the title. Going forward, it’s quite obvious that The Reds have an attack that can terrorise any defence in the world. The front three haven’t quite hit top form yet this year but when they do, Liverpool have one of the best attacking trios in Europe.
The crucial area for Klopp’s side is in midfield and so far this season, it’s been that area where Klopp doesn’t quite seem certain on his best three.
Klopp has often rotated his midfield three but if he wants to provide some balance in the team, he must play Fabinho in the long run.
The Brazilian midfielder has been slowly introduced into the side and has only recently made his first start for the club. So far this season, the former Monaco man has played seven games in the league and remains the club’s sole player who can play at the base of a midfield three.
Signed from Monaco for a reported £43.7 million, during his time in Ligue 1, Fabinho was a constant and reliable force in a side that was predicated on attacking and fast-paced football. The Brazil international’s ability to cover for the advancing players such as Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar was a key ingredient in Monaco’s title-winning side.
With the ball, he’s very underrated and can take the ball under pressure. Similarly, Liverpool under Klopp have turned into a side that transitions very quickly but don’t have that reliable defensive presence. So far this year, both Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum have both been used at the base of the midfield but neither have the defensive awareness or presence of Fabinho.
In order to get the best out of his offensive players, Klopp needs to play Fabinho in the midfield to give his side some crucial balance in the long run.