Jack Hallows believes that the signing of Brazilian midfielder ‘Fabinho’ from AS Monaco is an amazing bit of business by the Reds.
Part of the fun of the summer transfer window is that despite the constant circulation of rumours and ‘in the know information,’ nobody really knows what clubs are doing until signings are confirmed.
Usually, though, we at least get some indicator of Liverpool’s interest in a player before they’re seen doing the Melwood lean so that we can frantically research stats and YouTube compilations. Not so much with Fabinho, whose signing came literally out of nowhere.
Credit to Edwards and co, this is a huge signing for the club and to keep it so under wraps proves they’ve learned from their errors last summer with the infamous Virgil van Dijk saga.
What Fabinho will bring to Liverpool
With Emre Can leaving the club, Liverpool were desperately in need of another player to fill the ‘no.6’ role in Klopp’s preferred 4-3-3 and it looks as though Fabinho will be that man.
Having started his career at right back, the Brazilian certainly possesses a defensive-minded brain and his main strengths include his brilliance in the tackle, using his height to win aerial duels (he’s 6’2) and his ability to hold onto the ball. The Reds new signing averaged 3.5 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and won 3 aerial duels per 90 in the Ligue 1 last season.
The question of how much better Liverpool might be with a proper defensive midfielder sitting in front of their back four has been raised frequently this season and it looks as if next season we’ll get to see whether the presence of a true ‘holder’ like Fabinho will improve our defence as a whole.
The former Monaco man isn’t just a tackling destroyer though.
Fabinho is also highly adept going forward and in a similar way to Henderson, is more than capable of playing defence splitting passes from deep for pacy forwards to run onto and averaged one key pass per game in Ligue 1 this season just gone.
His composure on the ball also means he’s happy to dribble past opponents and hold the ball up, taking it upon himself to get out of tight spaces rather than playing panicked, risky passes – something Henderson can at times be guilty of.
Fabinho’s presence in the starting line-up would also give the Reds another more than capable penalty taker. Roberto Firmino was unlucky form the spot last campaign but other than the former Hoffenheim striker, only James Milner amongst Liverpool’s current ranks truly inspires confidence when stepping up to the spot.
With Milner not expected to be a week-in-week-out starter next season (although after this season, who knows he may surprise), Fabinho’s presence would give Liverpool a set penalty taker who is more than used to the responsibility of beating a goalkeeper from 12 yards – he’s scored 19/20 for Monaco since 2016, including 4/4 last season if you were wondering.
Finally and perhaps, most importantly, Fabinho is only 24 years old meaning that even with all his experience as a top level footballer, he’s not yet hit his peak years. With Klopp’s current track record of improving already top level players at Liverpool so far, don’t rule out the Brazilian improving tenfold after a year or two under his new German boss.
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