After suffering a bittersweet end to the season which saw Liverpool lose the Champions League Final to Real Madrid and also disappointingly finish fourth, Jurgen Klopp spent heavily in the transfer market in order to try and deliver the Premier League title to Anfield.
Over the summer, Liverpool bought Xherdan Shaqiri, Alisson, Fabinho and also welcomed Naby Keita – whom they had signed the summer before. In total Liverpool spent £160.85 million over the summer and so far, most of the new arrivals have made an instant impact on the side, apart from Fabinho.
In somewhat of a shock deal, Liverpool announced the arrival of the Brazilian from Monaco for a reported £39 million fee early in the transfer window. During his time in France, Fabinho was a part of the Monaco side that challenged PSG’s dominance of Ligue 1 and won the title in 2017. The Brazilian was a key part in Leonardo Jardim’s midfield and his ability to play in multiple areas, albeit primarily in midfield, was essential for the French side’s rise to the top.
Surrounded by the attacking talents of Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe and Radamel Falcao, Fabinho represented the cautious and essential presence in midfield who created a solid balance between defence and attack. Moreover, it’s safe to say that his presence in midfield was a key reason in why Tiemoue Bakayoko looked so good.
Since his arrival at the club, however, Fabinho has taken a backseat and has so far only been a spectator to Liverpool’s superb start to the season. With Wijnaldum, Milner and Jordan Henderson, Klopp has had a solid trio at his disposal, with both Milner and Wijnaldum enjoying their best form since joining the Merseyside club.
Moreover, with Naby Keita at the club – who has made eight appearances for the Premier League side – Fabinho has only been able to make three appearances for the club. However, with Milner now injured, it’s surely time that Klopp places his trust in Fabinho.
Aside from Henderson, Liverpool don’t really have a midfielder who can sit at the base of midfield and shield the back four. Fabinho is very much capable of that and is also adept at sweeping across to cover the space left by the fullbacks. There’s no doubt, that in the next few months, we will probably see Fabinho feature a lot more for the club.
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