Liverpool have what could well be their easiest Premier League game of the season today, Cardiff at home.
That equally means that Jürgen Klopp’s men cannot afford to slip up against the league’s minnows. But he still has the luxury of being able to rotate players in and out.
Luckily, The Reds had their easiest Champions League fixture midweek against Red Star Belgrade, whereby they ran out comfortable 4-0 victors. That was also a chance for the German to try out new players and systems to see what works out best for his team.
One man that was given a start midweek and could well expect the same today is Brazilian Fabinho. The defensive midfielder has only made one substitute appearance for The Reds so far this term, but it looks very likely that this could be his first start.
After signing in the summer from Monaco, the midfielder sustained an injury, and Klopp has subsequently been reluctant to turn to him. But he obviously feels that he has returned to full fitness and Cardiff will be the perfect place to unleash him in the league.
Fabinho’s defensive mentality may also allow his fellow midfielders to move further up the field in attacking positions, no matter who that may be. This will also be a good way for Klopp to see how Fabinho links with his fellow defenders and helps turn defence into attack. Ironically, it has been The Reds’ attack that hasn’t quite fired yet this season, and Fabinho may be the lynchpin to change things.
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