Though Liverpool haven’t quite thrilled as much this season as they did last, it’s been a largely imperious start to the campaign for the Reds. Indeed, with Jurgen Klopp having splashed big cash over the course of the summer, many expect his side to challenge for the title and, so far, they lead the way in the Premier League.
Alisson Becker’s blunder against Leicester City aside, the new men to have featured look very good indeed. While the aforementioned Brazilian probably won’t be in much of rush to attempt another Cruyff turn in his box, the former Roma man has looked good between the sticks.
There’s also Naby Keita. Handed the club’s first No.8 shirt since Steven Gerrard’s exit, the former RB Leipzig star doesn’t at all look daunted. A truly wonderful box-to-box midfielder, he really does look as if he’s been worth the wait. Xherdan Shaqiri, meanwhile, has already provided a new option from the bench.
Then there’s Fabinho.
A relatively shock signing in the summer, the former Monaco has made just one matchday squad this season as he looks to build up his form and fitness in equal measure. However, it speaks a lot about the strength in depth Liverpool have in their midfield that there doesn’t appear to be a natural slot for him to come into right now, such is the complexion of Klopp’s engine room.
Keita, clearly, is a starter but both James Milner (who is seemingly getting better with age) and Georginio Wijnaldum have looked good this season. Those, alongside skipper Jordan Henderson, all look deserving of a starting berth, so we recently put it to our Liverpool supporting readers.
Who do you think Fabinho should replace?
Interestingly, as you’ll see from the results of our poll, many of those who voted actually think Henderson should. Despite recently penning a huge new deal at Anfield, the England international is seemingly seen as the weakest link for the club in midfield right now.
It’d be a big call from Klopp, though one that looks to have the backing of the supporters.