Fabinho admits that he had an inkling that he might be required to play at centre back when Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren suffered injuries.
When Liverpool announced the £43miilion capture of Fabinho just days after the 3-1 defeat in Kiev, spirits were raised and it soon became clear that the heartbreaking loss in Ukraine was not the end but the start for this thrilling side.
The Brazilian’s start to life at Liverpool was slow but not without promise as he was slowly introduced into a tactical system that requires many hours on the training ground to become acquainted with.
Now, even though Fabinho has a lot of work to do, he is one of the first names on the teamsheet and should soon begin giving Fernandinho a run for his money for the Brazil national team.
However, it’s his last two appearances for the Reds as a centre back that has shown his true value.
The Brazilian is incredibly versatile and this blesses Klopp with being able to rotate his squad in a number of ways and being able to cope with the rigours of the intense Premier League fixture list.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Fabinho says he expected to play at centre back.
“Some weeks ago, I knew this could be an option because we had some players out injured and we only had two centre-backs available,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“When Dejan got injured, I knew it would be logical that I’d play in that position.
“I had some training sessions playing in that position, which helped me adapt better and pick up certain aspects, like positioning and movements you need to be natural at to play in this position. When it came to playing in a game it was a bit easier because I’d trained in the position.
“I’d already played the previous game as a centre-back against Wolves.
“I think it went well, I had a good understanding with Ki-Jana Hoever, the communication was good. Regarding positioning, I improved throughout the game in this aspect. I did well.
“And in the last game against Brighton, I think I played well. Playing alongside van Dijk helped, he’s really vocal, he guided us. He helped me a lot. I had good communication with Trent and also with Hendo; they were the players closest to me on the pitch.
“In general, I think it was a good game. In this position, which I haven’t played in a lot, I think I adapted well. There are some aspects, such as positioning, that I need to improve on.
“If I were to play in this position more, I’d improve on these things, but that’s natural.”