Liverpool midfielder Fabinho saw his season turned upside down after he limped away from Anfield following ligament damage sustained against Napoli back in November.
The Brazilian has since started just one Premier League match with Liverpool coping effortlessly without the midfield general who made such a bright start earlier in the season.
Fabinho, 26, was one of the outstanding midfielders in the top-flight during the early stages of the season. The former Monaco man made the holding role his own allowing club-captain Jordan Henderson to adopt a prefered attacking role for the team.
However, since his injury, Liverpool have a 100 per cent record in the PL and are 22 points clear at the league summit. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has flourished in recent weeks with two goals in as many matches and deserves to keep his place in Jurgen Klopp’s line-up.
Whilst Fabinho’s first-team prospects are currently looking promising with Oxlade-Chamberlain being forced to cover in the front-three in the absence of Sadio Mane and Divock Origi, there will undoubtedly be some tactical questions to be answered once the former returns from injury after the inaugural PL winter break.
With the knowledge that Henderson can still thrive in the holding role and with Oxlade-Chamberlain adding more goals to his game it could see Fabinho pulled from the side once Mane recovers from a hamstring problem.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has started five league matches in the league for Liverpool for the first time since April 2018 so Klopp will unlikely want to disrupt the Englishman’s momentum. This makes Fabinho the most likely sacrifice with the business end of the season slowly creeping up.
However, with the European champions still competing on three separate fronts this campaign and a first league title in 30 years just six league victories away, Klopp will certainly have enough fixtures to provide senior players with adequate game time.
Fabinho has had to be patient in the past so the former Real Madrid star will not be too worried by the possibility of being eased back into proceedings.