PSG boss praises "self-sacrificing" Fabinho and compares him to Marquinhos

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel believes that Fabinho is a player that sacrifices himself for the benefit of the team and says this is vital for a holding midfielder.

Despite arriving for £43million this summer, Fabinho is yet to appear in competitive action for Liverpool this season as Jürgen Klopp looks to ensure his new midfielder is completely aware of what his role with the Reds requires.

We’ve seen Klopp do the same with Andy Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and once the pair was introduced to the starting XI, they excelled in their roles and the latter’s injury was a huge blow when he was felled in the Champions League semi-final against Roma.

Although Klopp is taking his time with Fabinho, the Brazilian is expected to be a fantastic addition to the side and Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has praised him while discussing what makes a defensive midfielder succeed.

Talking about his decision to play Marquinhos in midfield, Tuchel told ESPN: “Marquinhos is very different to Giovani [Lo Celso]. He has the qualities we are looking for; he is fast and strong in his head.

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“A player who sacrifices himself willingly is really important. We see that with players like [Real Madrid’s] Casemiro, [Liverpool’s] Fabinho, [Chelsea’s] N’Golo Kante and [Barcelona’s] Sergio Busquets – this is what sets this position apart.

“I think that Marquinhos has a lot of the qualities that make his predestined to play in this role.”

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