Writing on Twitter, Liverpool correspondent James Pearce of the Athletic has pointed out that Fabinho’s return to his usual midfield spot has offered hope for the Reds to potentially salvage something from their season – prompting plenty of discussion in reply.
Fabinho has often been deployed as a centre-half by manager Jurgen Klopp with defensive injuries having ravaged his squad, with the likes of Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out for extended periods.
Absences for key men at the back prompted an emergency January transfer mission by Liverpool to cope, as both Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies were signed on deadline day.
One of the symptoms surrounding Klopp’s lack of options in defence has been Fabinho having to assume a makeshift centre-back role this season, with Pearce shedding light on how the Brazilian’s return to his usual midfield slot can now bolster Liverpool’s hopes of a strong finish to the campaign.
Flocking to debate the journalist’s insight, many Reds had their say on the 27-year-old – find all of their verdicts down below.
Liverpool fans flock to Pearce tweet
“Fabinho was absolutely fantastic last night. His presence brought a better balance in midfield and allowed us to see the potential of what Thiago could achieve.”
“Scandalously underrated signing. Alison and van dijk get all the plaudits but he was just as important. Missed him all season”
“I’ll take a midfield to the end of the season of Fabinho, Thiago and Wijnaldum.”
“He is every bit as important as Virgil and Alisson.”
“Klopp as usual was stubborn in bringing Fab back to midfield. Glad he’s learnt his lesson. Great to see the team perfect performance. Front 3 must be clinical hence forth and we’re good.”
“It took him 3 months to put Fabinho back in midfield. Ridiculous.”
“Counting on him being a cb replacement in the summer was a massive mistake, Not replacing Lovren instead.”
“Wow James have you just worked that out”
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