Liverpool face Norwich City on Saturday and they’ll be hoping to see Fabinho at his best. The Brazilian is still working his way back from injury.
It’s actually more important than usual for Fabinho to be at his peak. You always want to see your best players playing well, of course, but particularly in his case.
Liverpool face Norwich after two weeks off and that should have been enough time for Fabinho to recover from injury. He missed the entirety of December, after all, and needed some time to get back to his best.
He did play against Southampton in Liverpool’s last game but looked off the pace. That wasn’t the biggest deal but you’d hope to see an improvement after the winter break.
Liverpool face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday. It’s three days after the Norwich clash and it’s one where Fabinho should be key.
The Atletico tie is one where Liverpool will want a good result away but it’s at Anfield where they’ll fancy sealing things. Atletico will see that, too, and they’ll be desperate for a result at their ground.
And if their plan is to attack, Fabinho will be Liverpool’s best chance of keeping things tight. He’s undoubtedly the best defensive midfielder at the club and has been since his £39m arrival – but only at his peak.
Jordan Henderson can certainly deputise in the role and if Fabinho isn’t up to scratch, then the captain can step in.
Ideally, though, it’ll be Fabinho but he’s got to show he can play to a level that keeps Atletico at bay. The test will surely be against Norwich. If he looks comfortable, then he plays on Tuesday.
If he doesn’t, Liverpool will have to think about a change of plan.