This weekend Liverpool strolled to victory over Chelsea. The Reds dominated the game, never getting out of second gear as they despatched the supposed title contenders with ease. There were a couple of bold decisions made by Jürgen Klopp, not least with the starting lineup. Liverpool should consider making Fabinho the first choice partner for Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool lineup v Chelsea
Ahead of the game Kopites were shocked to see that Fabinho was starting defence alongside Virgil van Dijk.
The Brazilian was selected in the back four with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip missing through injury.
Given that Billy Koumetio was deemed too inexperienced to step up for such a mammoth task, the boss seemingly confirming that the defensive midfielder will be his fourth choice centre back this season.
Fabinho and Virgil van Dijk
Fabinho put in a Man of the Match performance alongside Virgil van Dijk at Stamford Bridge.
The lanky holding player more than held his own in the back four, thoroughly pocketing Timo Werner, one of the most prolific forwards in Europe.
Fabby made four tackles, four interceptions and regained possession on 12 occasions, it was a truly imperious display from the ex-Monaco man.
Reds should mirror Man City
Manchester City made the decision in the last year and a bit to convert Fernandinho into a centre back.
Also a Brazilian defensive midfielder, the City man was incredibly effective in his makeshift role.
At just 26-years-old, Fabinho has plenty of time to become accustomed to his new role, it isn’t even entirely foreign to him given that he has played there both for Liverpool and Monaco in the past.
Jürgen Klopp has consistently stated that he picks his team on merit, if somebody is playing well he isn’t going to drop them just because you’re returning from injury.
Against Chelsea, Fabinho gave the boss no reason to drop him from the centre back position.
Given that we now have Thiago to take up the base of the midfield we should consider lining Fabinho up with Virgil van Dijk for the foreseeable future, he has all of the makings of a world class centre half. We should at least give it a whirl.