Liverpool fans on Twitter have stumbled upon a key piece of information that has detailed why Fabinho is being left out of the squad by Jurgen Klopp at the moment. According to the Evening Standard, Fabinho is too defensive in role and Klopp is trying to coach it out of him.
This is really interesting – Klopp is trying to fix Fab’s defensive instincts! https://t.co/vtEMI68BwN
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) 29 August 2018
Fortunately for the Brazilian, the superb form of Georginio Wijnaldum in the holding midfield role in the team is giving Fabinho plenty of time to adjust to the new tactical role that Klopp is asking of him. It will be a while until Fabinho has mastered what Klopp is asking of him but with his talents and Klopp’s faith, it will be just a matter of time until he is out on the Anfield green and performing for the club.
Wijnaldum has so far stepped up to the plate and shown that he’s more than good enough but the Reds are yet to face a real test where they’re under pressure. West Ham, Crystal Palace and Brighton haven’t provided too stern of a test and when they face Tottenham away in a couple of weeks it will provide them with a real test as to whether or not they’ve got the X-factor that everyone thinks they have.
You can read the Kopites’ verdict on Fabinho here:
Not too defensive but too *passive* defensively. He wants the 6 to be actively snuffing out danger not holding position
— Mike (@MichaelSpiller1) August 29, 2018
That’s really odd as I felt we needed a proper deep lying midfielder to solidify the defence.
— Dan Watson (@__DanWatson__) August 29, 2018
He'll come good
— Saqib Rehan (@saq_reh) August 29, 2018
I also think that competition is very high for a spot in midfield, so Klopp doesn’t need to rush him in. Look at how Klopp handled the Ox and Robertson initially when they arrived.
— Jim Thompson (@JimThompsonTech) August 29, 2018
Milner and Gigi’s form is keeping him out of the side
— Alistair (@r_alistair) August 29, 2018
Makes sense, he will still he a defensive midfielder but he just needs to stop dropping between the centre backs and staying in the hole in front, occasionally going even further forward when the opportunity arises. No point having him so deep that's hes just another defender
— José Manuel Martinez (@JoManMart) August 29, 2018
begs the question why sign players he'll (Klopp) won't use..
— Pete_C (@PeteC16977390) August 29, 2018
If Klopp is prepared to wait for Fabinho then so are the fans and it will be interesting to see how he integrates into first-team action when Klopp thinks he’s ready.