Fabinho advised Jurgen Klopp he loves enjoying in midfield, not defence, after he returned to the centre of the pitch to assist Liverpool into the Champions League quarter-finals.
The Brazilian was again at No.6 for the primary time since October for Wednesday evening’s conflict towards RB Leipzig, and put within the sort of assured midfield efficiency the Reds have been lacking for almost all of the season.
Fabinho has performed a giant function for the Reds this season as a makeshift centre-half, transferring into the back-four ever since Virgil van Dijk was dominated out for the season.
But it surely was his restoration to the midfield that helped get Liverpool over the road of their last-16 tie, as he was named man-of-the-match in one other 2-Zero victory towards the Germans, going by way of to the final eight with a 4-Zero mixture win.
It was a welcome sight for supporters to see the star again in the midst of the park, with Klopp admitting after the sport Fabinho had indicated to him that he needs to remain there.
And the supervisor mentioned he would love to provide him his want, branding Fabinho ‘among the finest in his place on this planet’.
“I advised him on the best way downstairs, ‘you just like the place six extra then’? He mentioned, ‘yeah’, and also you couldn’t present it extra clearly,” mentioned the Reds boss.
“All of us need Fab on the six. Tonight he performed there and the 2 centre-halves performed an unbelievable sport, to be sincere.
“It was my hope for the season and in the course of the season [to play Fabinho in midfield] however it didn’t occur so we now have to see what options we will discover for the subsequent few video games.
“After all, quantity six is his greatest place, he is likely one of the greatest on this planet in that place that’s clear: not solely defending-wise however creating as effectively.”
And it wasn’t solely followers who had been happy to see Fabinho again in midfield, with Michael Owen hailing the Brazilian for his ‘comforting’ show as he gave Liverpool what they’ve been lacking all through this robust marketing campaign.
“It’s so comforting watching him,” Owen mentioned on BT Sport. “When he’s within the center you’re feeling secure.
“It’s so comforting having him again in his proper place. It’s simply the way you desire a sitting midfielder, he covers the again two which is the weak a part of the group.”
With Fabinho restored to midfield, Klopp opted to play inexperienced central duo of Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips and the boss hailed the pair for his or her stable show and clear sheet towards Leipzig.
And former Man United and England defender Rio Ferdinand, within the studio with Owen, mentioned the younger duo would have been helped massively by having Fabinho in entrance of them.
“He offers the defenders confidence as a result of he stops the ball entering into the strikers, he cuts off the traces,” he mentioned.
“So it lets the defenders drop off a little bit bit to cease the ball in behind as a result of they don’t seem to be frightened in regards to the ball to toes.”
Ex-Liverpool striker Peter Crouch additionally praised the midfielder and believes the best way Klopp arrange his group on Wednesday would make a giant distinction for the remainder of the season.
“He’s in the correct positions on the proper time,” Crouch added. “His contact is so good.
“He’s achieved a great job at centre-half however the greatest miss has been having him out of midfield.
“When Jordan Henderson comes again [from injury] that may make a giant distinction.”