Fabinho has been a revelation at Liverpool since his arrival from AS Monaco in 2018. The Brazilian defensive midfielder took some time to settle in to the Reds side. Jürgen Klopp refused to give him regular game time until he was up to speed with how he wants his Liverpool side to play, when he did finally get a run of games in the side he showed Kopites everywhere what he is capable of. Despite his consistent, match winning performances, Liverpool are yet to see the best of Fabinho.
At the moment Liverpool have 2 recognised attacking midfielders: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita. The two central midfielders are the most likely to pick up the ball and drive at a defence and typically sit higher than the other two centre mids. Although Gini Wijnaldum arrived at Liverpool as a goalscoring attacking midfielder, he has since been retrained into a tireless ball winning shuttle between the defence and attack.
With Liverpool playing without an attacking midfielder, Fabinho has less work to do at the base of the middle 3. When partnered with Jordan Henderson and James Milner, he is rarely left too isolated as the deepest lying midfielder. We will see the best of Fabinho when he is regularly playing alongside an aggressively attacking midfielder such as Naby Keita.
Not only will playing alongside Keita ask more of Fabinho defensively but it will also be an excuse to showcase his immense passing ability. One of the facets of the Brazilian’s game that pundits so often praise is his ability to fire in passes that break opposition lines. With a more advanced midfielder in play, we will see the best of Fabinho as he has another target to pick out on the break after stopping an attack single handedly.