Jurgen Klopp should only make his Fabinho decision v Everton on one condition. It could be the major choice ahead of the Merseyside Derby.
Where should Fabinho play against Everton? That looks set to be Jurgen Klopp’s big decision ahead of the Merseyside Derby on Saturday.
Now, defensive midfield is the obvious choice. But Joe Gomez is struggling in defence, leading to suggestions Fabinho should take his place alongside Virgil van Dijk.
On top of that, what if Klopp wants to play 4-2-3-1? Then there’s the obvious option of moving Fabinho back to leave space in midfield.
No matter what the decision, Klopp should only make it on one condition. His other star midfielders must be available.
Wait and see
Fabinho moving back into defence is a drastic decision. He’s not used to playing there and it shows a lack of faith in Gomez right now. Thus Klopp should only make it if he’s sure.
For one, Fabinho is the only first-choice midfielder who’s definitely available. Both Jordan Henderson and Thiago have missed the last two games and if Fabinho isn’t in midfield either, then who is?
We don’t know Naby Keita’s status. Gini Wijnaldum isn’t playing very well. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is injured. Curtis Jones is just a kid.
But if both Thiago and Henderson are fit, then Klopp can afford to take the risk. They’re both highly experienced players and, we think, a natural partnership.
If both are available, then Klopp can make whatever decision he wants. They could play as the two in a 4-2-3-1. Henderson could paly the deep role in a 4-3-3. Or they could simply make up a trio with Fabinho.
Fingers crossed, then, that both are ready. That would certainly make Klopp’s job a whole lot easier.