If Liverpool were to finally win some silverware this season, then the faith and trust that manager Jurgen Klopp puts in new-signing Fabinho will determine how much the club has to celebrate about come May next year.
The 25-year-old started for the Reds in their Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday and announced himself to the Liverpool faithful with a composed performance. Fabinho looked like he had been a Liverpool for years with the way he handled the midfield battle; putting in strong and efficient challenges that secured his team possession on crucial stages.
Within an hour the former Monaco man made the most tackles (9) by any of Klopp’s players this season, signalling his intent to become a regular first-team player.
So far this season the German manager has opted for Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson above Fabinho but both were ruled out of Wednesday’s fixture due to hamstring injuries, giving the Brazilian the opportunity to perform on the big stage.
But now that Fabinho showed his worth, Klopp will have to make a decision as to who he plays when the likes of Henderson, Keita return from injury. That one performance however should’ve made the decision for the manager. Despite Keita not really having done anything wrong up to date, Fabinho has just looked the part defensively. 6 ft 2 with the ability to quickly send a pass up-field for the attackers to run onto, he does offer a bit more than the rest of the midfielders.
So much that he could be the key to the club’s Premier League and Champions League aspirations. For the first time in years, Liverpool have given their fans hope by gunning for the biggest trophies in Europe. Fabinho’s input in this quest could prove significant by delivering more regular performances like the one on Wednesday night.
Given Liverpool’s opposition might not have been deemed much of a threat, Fabinho’s numbers pose optimism for the rest of the season. For Klopp it should be a no brainer, Fabinho should start more regularly for Liverpool to be in the running of going one better than last year in the Champions League and/or win a coveted league title for the first time in 28 years.