Jurgen Klopp has expressed relief that Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has recovered from his dismal form
Fabinho appears to be one of the Reds players most upset by the club’s poor performance this season. Yet, after months of struggle, his latest performances have greatly improved.
When asked whether Fabinho was back to his best during his pre-Manchester United press conference, Klopp agreed emphatically.
He is, without a doubt. It’s odd because when I stated Fab wasn’t at his best, everyone was like, ‘oh he said it.’ Everyone could see that, so why should I avoid stating the obvious? “Now that everyone can see Fab is returning, it’s precisely what we need,” smiled the Reds manager.
“I was overjoyed with Fabinho’s previous game. So many things were exactly how we needed him, bringing the long foot in here and all of that, it was a really wonderful game and it’s exactly how we used to have him. The lighthouse, the hoover, all of these things.
“There’s a point where you take things for granted, you lose the ball and there’s no problem – there comes Fabinho and we have the ball again. Of course you miss him when he isn’t there; how can you be prepared for that? It’s not cool, and we don’t have five No.6s in the club, so it’s really, very wonderful. I’m really glad for him, and I’m really happy for us, that he looks like the old one again.”
Fabinho has returned to his former self.
Fabinho has steadily improved since his return to the Premier League following the World Cup. This resulted in a fantastic performance against Wolves on Wednesday. Winning the ball high up the pitch and screening in front of the back four, he looked like the player we’ve seen so much of since his £44m transfer to the club in 2018.
If he can keep up his current form for the rest of the season, he will be a huge asset to Liverpool. Not only will it increase their chances of finishing in the top four, but it will also eliminate the need to fill that void in the summer window.
Throughout the season, there has been concern that Fabinho may be ‘done’ at the age of twenty-nine. With the remainder of the midfield in desperate need of repair, this would almost certainly have to be fixed in the summer. As Klopp has stated, he does not have a surplus of comparable options in such a critical position.
As a result, Fabinho regaining his form might have a long-term influence. Liverpool would appear an entirely different prospect with him back at the heart of a renovated midfield.
Fab and Liverpool will face tougher challenges than the one on Wednesday. If he can maintain this level of form for the next five games, we can officially proclaim his weird downturn in form to be over.