Rhys Williams is full of praise for the unique role Fabinho has pulled off this season. The Brazilian is enjoying a fantastic season.
Rhys Williams recently gave a rundown of his centre-half partners this season for Liverpoolfc.com. He had nice things to say about all of them, of course.
But one partner really stands out – Fabinho. The Brazilian isn’t even a centre-half, after all, and has instead moved there from defensive midfield.
He’s been brilliant, too. Fabinho is aggressive – worryingly so at times – but succeeds with that style. The 27-year-old looks like a world-class defender.
And Williams gives ‘full credit’ to Fabinho for his efforts.
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“Full credit to his ability to be able to transition from a central defensive midfield role to go and play in the backline,” says Williams. “That’s credit to his adaptability as a player.
“He doesn’t talk as much as some of the other players, but the way he reads the game and his tackling – that’s something again I’m trying to take from him, because he’s so front-footed and stops problems at source.
“To come and play in our backline, which is a hard job anyway, from playing in midfield, credit [to him].”
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It’s truly remarkable what Fabinho is doing. He’s having to play out of position and maintain title-winning standards – and somehow he’s doing it.
It’s impossible to overstate how difficult that is. He’s not just replacing Virgil van Dijk but having to do it without Joe Gomez there, either.
The standout performance came against Tottenham Hotspur, of course. There, Fabinho played alongside Williams as Joel Matip was out, too.
Helping Liverpool to win while out of position, alongside a teenager on his Premier League debut, and up against the league’s best attack? Remarkable.
Fabinho was a world-beater anyway but this season the Brazilian is kicking things up a notch. As he prepares for his 100th Liverpool appearance, it’s hard to think of anything more impressive this season.