With Virgil van Dijk suspended, Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren injured, Jürgen Klopp had to find a backup solution to compose his central hinge against Bayern Munich. And it is Fabinho who was chosen to accompany Joel Matip in the red defense axis. It was the third time of the season – after Wolverhampton (2-1) and Brighton (0-1) – that the Brazilian was aligned to this position by the German manager. And the worry was in order, since, without offending Raul Jimenez and Glenn Murray, Robert Lewandowski was ahead of him.
The least we can say is that the former Monegasque has behaved quite well against the Bavarians (0-0, 8th of the Champions League). The English press pays tribute to him on Wednesday. "The Savior of Liverpool" even courage Daily Mail, which credits him with a 7/10, highlighting "His many successful interventions". The Paulista has "Hit it" the Telegraph, which also put a 7/10. Same note for Liverpool Echowhich proposes "His excellent tackle" in the area facing the Polish striker. the Daily Mirror, with a 6/10, greeting "His passing game".
– Fabinho (@_fabinhotavares) February 20, 2019
Klopp praises his "Defensive brain"
Just at its debut in Fluminense then in the reserve of Real Madrid, the international auriverde (7 caps), which Tite has already tested in this position in Seleção, has also started the right of defense to AS Monaco. Leonardo Jardim then repositioned him in the middle of a defensive role, a gaming industry in which he showed an incredible ease, forming with Tiémoué Bakayoko a formidable pair the year of the French champion title in 2017.
A real Swiss army knife, Fabinho, who had a mixed departure to the Reds, is now doing the trick everywhere. Good news for Klopp. "Fabinho is a brilliant player. (…) He has a defensive brain and can evolve in different positions"recently he has confided to the Scousers coach. The South American could also have to continue his provisional defense some other match, the returns of Lovren and Gomez have not been planned for now.