Liverpool splashed the cash this summer with the additions of goalkeeper Alisson and midfielder Fabinho.
And while Alisson has made an impact at Anfield — both for the right and wrong reasons — Fabinho is yet to feature in a competitive fixture for his new club.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has made it clear he will not throw Fabinho into his Liverpool starting XI until he has fully adapted to his new surroundings (via ESPN), but the Brazilian has since sent out a message to his boss.
“My start has been good, good adaptation. The pre-season was very good, we had nine friendlies and I played nine,” Fabinho told Globo Esporte (via Daily Mail).
“It was good to play against English teams to see what the rhythm, the intensity and the physique is like. I am adapting to the team’s style of play. The more experienced players have helped me, the technical team as well.”
Fabinho’s words clearly indicate he feels he is ready for some Premier League minutes. And, while there is no doubt that the former AS Monaco man has plenty to offer to his new club, Klopp has no reason to hastily chuck him into the deep end if he does not think he is ready.
With James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and the arrival of Naby Keita, Klopp has very good midfield options who can afford him with the time to slowly integrate Fabinho into the team.
Given how well Liverpool have also started the season, there simply is not a reason for Klopp to start chopping and changing things.
Therefore, Fabinho will have to be patient, bide his time and, ultimately, trust his manager.