Liverpool extended their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a narrow victory against Leicester.
Jurgen Klopp dropped Naby Keita for the trip to the King Power with captain Jordan Henderson taking his place in the midfield three. The Reds got off to the best possible start when Sadio Mane netted his fourth goal of the season, and Roberto Firmino headed home from a corner. An error from Alisson allowed Rachid Ghezzal to score, but Liverpool managed to hang on for all three points.
Despite four wins from four games, Liverpool look nothing like the side they were last season. Their attackers have struggled to find a rhythm thus far while the performance of Henderson was also concerning. The skipper won just two out of five tackles and failed to keep James Maddison quiet. His dreadful pass to Virgil van Dijk led to another poor ball back to the ‘keeper which resulted in Liverpool conceding their first goal of the season.
His performance proved that Liverpool need to get £40m signing Fabinho into the side as quick as possible. The Brazilian was on the bench for the opening day of the season against West Ham but has failed to make the matchday squad since. Jurgen Klopp admitted it would take a while for the midfielder to adapt to life in England and his presence was sorely missed against the Foxes.
The 24-year-old averaged 3.3 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game for Monaco last season (WhoScored), and Liverpool needed his defensive abilities after conceding. When Henderson departed, Liverpool regained control of the game and Fabinho is the perfect player to dictate the tempo as well as protecting the defence.
The sooner Klopp can get him in the team, the better.
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