We shouldn't judge 26-year-old's return on poor Shrewsbury showing

We shouldn't judge Fabinho return on poor Shrewsbury showing

This Sunday saw Liverpool held to a 2-2 draw by a resilient Shrewsbury Town side. The Reds threw away a two goal lead in the second half to allow the hosts to force a replay at Anfield. The game also saw the reintroduction of our favourite defensive midfielder, we shouldn’t judge Fabinho for his Shrewsbury Town showing.

We shouldn’t judge Fabinho on his Shrewsbury Town return. (Photo by Visionhaus)

Jürgen Klopp has been without his Brazilian enforcer since late November.

Fabinho limped off in the Champions League matchday five tie with Napoli, Gini Wijnaldum replacing the midfielder early in the second half.

Jordan Henderson dropped back to fill in for the defensive midfielder during his absence.

Fabinho made his first start this year when he lined up against Shrewsbury Town.

Unfortunately, Fabby didn’t have his best game by any stretch of the imagination.

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The Brazilian did put in some smart challenges in the game, in the first half he managed to halt a Salop break when it reached the Liverpool box.

Fabby sat himself down and poked one of his long legs into the challenge before flicking it away from danger.

However, throughout the game we didn’t see the number three at his domineering best.

We are accustomed to seeing Fabinho take control of a midfield, on Sunday we saw the hosts with far too much of the ball – with Fabby misplacing his passes far too often.

We can’t judge the ex-Monaco man on this showing for two reason: rustiness and team selection.

Fabby has been out of the game for two months, he is still feeling his way back into the game. His touch was off and his anticipation wasn’t as sharp as we have come to expect. This is only natural for a player coming back from injury.

We must also bare in mind that the Brazilian is used to playing with Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson, not Curtis Jones and Pedro Chirivella.

With Jürgen Klopp’s system demanding a complete understanding between players, starting this trio together for the first time was bound to produce a disjointed display.

When we see Fabinho back alongside Hendo and Gini we can expect him to be back at his best. This was just an unfortunate, necessary blip that we can be thankful came in the FA Cup and not the league.

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