Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool wasted no time in securing the services of Brazilian defensive midfielder Fabinho from AS Monaco for a reported 39 Million Pounds. Early signs show that Jurgen Klopp looks to revamp many aspects of his team to build a Liverpool team that can actually challenge for the title. Since his arrival, Klopp has shown that he’s more than capable of producing the goods and now it’s up to the owners of the club to financially back the manager and help him put together a squad that can go all the way.

This does put to rest to the age-old notion that Liverpool needs a defensive midfielder but their most recent signing is much more than just a defensive midfielder. He began his career as a right back for Monaco but his former manager Leonardo Jardim had other plans. He looked to bring his traits into the middle of the park and along with current Chelsea man Bakayoko he formed a solid partnership in the centre. He’s a man whose career is built on covering for the attacking full-back and has averaged 3.4 tackles per game last season not taking into account the numerous interceptions he’s made. This means that he would play a key role in Jurgen Klopp’s high press game by picking up the scraps in front of the defence.

He seems to be perfect to form a dynamic partnership with Naby Keita who was signed up towards the end of last season. (pre-contract) Keita being a box to box midfielder seems to perfectly complement the former. He provides just the right security at the back end of the park which gives Kieta freedom to express himself further up the field.

Apart from his undoubted defensive abilities, Fabinho is also attacking sound. Being 6’2 he provides the towering presence during corners and also provides height to a side that lacks it.

He often makes the darting runs through the middle of the park where his wonderful dribbling ability is showcased and also makes late occasional runs into the box to notch up a few goals. His previous experience as a right back means he is also able to play the advanced midfield positions especially in the wider areas of the pitch which offer support to the full backs while also moving in towards the edge of the opposition box.

By the looks of things, Liverpool’s recruitment team headed by Michel Edwards have signed a player that tick all the boxes and even though it’s not a 100% sure that the transfer will be a success, this one gets as close as you can.


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