Liverpool supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their team maintain their 100% start to the new Premier League season on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men faced a tricky trip to Leicester City at the weekend off the back of winning each of their opening three league matches, seeing off West Ham, Crystal Palace, and Brighton without conceding a goal. And the Reds made it four wins out of four in the Midlands on Saturday as first half goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino set them on their way to all three points, and while Rachid Ghezzal got one back for the hosts, it wasn’t enough to deny Klopp’s side.
As such, there have been many delighted Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times, although several have taken to Twitter to suggest that summer signing Fabinho deserves to start their next match after the international break.
And given that Jordan Henderson maybe wasn’t at his best against the Foxes on Saturday, those Liverpool fans are absolutely right to want the £130,000-a-week star (as per Spotrac) to start against Tottenham on September 15.
Ultimately, there was much anticipation during the summer following the arrival of the midfielder from French side Monaco, as he alongside the addition of Naby Keita appeared to go some way to solving the Reds’ midfield conundrum, not to mention compensating for the departure of Emre Can to Juventus.
And while the Merseysiders are reasonably well-stocked in that department, the expectation of many was that Fabinho would go straight into the side come the start of the campaign, especially with Henderson still recovering after a fine World Cup with England, alongside the long-term injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Yet, four games into the season, and the 24-year-old has yet to be called upon by manager Klopp, but that opportunity should not be too far away now after Henderson’s below-par display on Saturday.
The former Sunderland midfielder was himself making his first start of the season at the weekend, and he struggled to impose himself on proceedings in failing to provide the Reds with an adequate platform in the middle of the park from which to build.
On the whole, Leicester dominated the midfield area and much of that can be put down to Henderson’s lethargic efforts in the middle of the pitch – the second half in particular saw Liverpool struggle to retain possession and thus slow the game down as the hosts pressed for an equaliser.
Thus, while it must be taken into account that Henderson was starting his first game of the campaign, and as such maybe wasn’t as sharp as usual, the England international wasn’t at his best throughout the 90 minutes to thus call into question his place against Spurs, a game in which Liverpool will have to dominate the midfield if they are to win.
And while Fabinho hasn’t yet turned out for the Merseyside heavyweights, some supporters are absolutely right to suggest that he deserves to start against Mauricio Pochettino’s men in a fortnight’s time.
Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!