This weekend Liverpool take on Bournemouth at home in the early kick off. The Reds enter the game with three losses in their last four but won’t be particularly panicking. However, Jürgen Klopp’s rule implies that Fabinho should be dropped for the fixture.
The Reds recent form has been poor but not without explanation.
The loss at Atletico must be put into the context of the two legs – we didn’t commit to winning it on the night.
Against Watford we saw a key defender dropped, against Chelsea we know that Alisson Becker would have done a better job in goal.
Despite the reasonings behind the defeats, our Brazilian defensive midfielder has been far from himself.
Fabby has had a poor run of games recently. We can’t shake the image of him being nutmegged by Billy Gilmour, or the same player just gliding past him without a care.
For some reason, Fab has been off the boil – according to Jürgen Klopp’s own standards, Fabinho should be dropped.
The German boss has previously insisted that momentum is key to team selection.
This is to say that nobody’s place in the side is guaranteed on reputation, if you aren’t playing well you are dropped.
Conversely, if you step in for an injured player and you perform well enough then you can keep your place in the side – we have seen this most often with the chopping and changing of centre backs in the last couple of seasons.
Fabinho has undoubtedly lost momentum. The Brazilian hasn’t been making the tackles we’d expect him to make and he’s been giving the ball away far too cheaply – just see Chelsea’s first goal.
James Milner or Gini Wijnaldum dropping into the deeper role could suit us, with Curtis Jones potentially staking a claim.