Andy Robertson has been full of praise for Fabinho after the latter’s performance in the 1-0 win over Brighton.
Fabinho filled in at centre back for Liverpool after injuries left Jurgen Klopp short on options. He played very well out of position, helping to secure yet another clean sheet.
The display was pretty much flawless for an out-of-position player and Fabinho rightly earned praise from Robertson.
Robertson hails Fabinho
“I’m sure the manager just told him early doors [about the position change] and he embraced it and I thought he was brilliant,” Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com. “I thought he was different class.”
And Robertson didn’t stop there, also hailing Fabinho for his patient progress at Liverpool – something he too endured.
Both Robertson and Fabinho started their Liverpool careers slowly, waiting months before they earned first-team opportunities.
“I think all the lads that have come in have experienced very similar,” said Robertson.
“Me and Chambo [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] experienced it last season. Naby [Keita] is experiencing it a wee bit now, Fabinho has experienced it, Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] has experienced it.
“It’s just learning and of course the massive expectations that come with playing for Liverpool sometimes takes a wee bit of getting used to. It did for me and once I got used to it I’ve not really looked back.
“Fabinho took his time and now we are getting the rewards from it.”
Sill more to come
Fabinho has made great strides recently and played very well as Robertson says. What’s truly exciting, however, is that there’s more to come.
Klopp has used Fabinho more and more as the season progressed but has stopped short of the biggest games. There’s clearly a lot of trust in the Brazilian but he’s yet to establish himself as completely reliable.
Klopp chose James Milner, Gini Wijnaldum, and Jordan Henderson for the crunch game against Manchester City. He had decided on the same trio against Paris Saint-Germain, too, opting to bench Fabinho.
The boss does prefer Fabinho is games with less pressure, however, usually using him in a midfield two. Klopp appears to feel that it’s still a little risky in the big games, though.
His performances suggest the trust will come as Fabinho shows game by game that he has more and more to offer. Brighton showed yet another layer to his game and you can bet that we’ll see even further progress before the season ends.
Robertson is right to heap praise on Fabinho but we surely haven’t seen the best of him yet.