Jordan Henderson will miss the next three weeks through injury and that gives Jurgen Klopp an opportunity with Fabinho. The Brazilian has a skill that’s unique in the Liverpool squad.
Klopp confirmed the injury to his captain ahead of the West Ham United clash. Henderson had picked it up against Atletico Madrid and unfortunately, he’ll be missing for a bit.
But much in the same way Henderson took advantage of Fabinho absence through injury, the reverse can happen. Fabinho does offer something different, after all.
Liverpool might have to do something different against Atletico in the second-leg. The hosts’ 4-4-2 formation gave them real trouble as the Reds struggled to break them down.
Thus a change of formation could be on the cards and the next three weeks is an opportunity to try things. Principle among those is a switch to 4-2-3-1, a formation Liverpool had success with last season.
That requires a different midfield, however, and that’s where Fabinho can shine. He played 4-2-3-1 at AS Monaco and thrived there. In fact, when he first arrived at Liverpool for £39m, Klopp only started him in that system.
And if Liverpool do want to try something different, here’s the chance to use that again. Fabinho can certainly still play it and with Henderson out, Liverpool have space to add an extra forward.
It relies on Fabinho effectively anchoring the midfield in a two but he has a history of doing just that. That way, Klopp can focus on changes higher up the field.
And he may just find the way to beat Atletico.