Liverpool can turn around and thank Fabinho for any trophy they win this season. The Brazilian is in a high-pressure situation he didn’t ask for.
So it appears Joel Matip will be out for the next little while. That’s per the Daily Mail and in truth, it’s not a shock.
The Cameroonian has had a wretched time with injuries over the past year-and-a-bit. He was never likely to las the rest of the season without some sort of knock.
It also means that Liverpool are currently without all three of their senior centre-half options. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are out long-term, of course, and Matip was the only other option.
That leaves Fabinho – and he isn’t even a centre-half. Yet Liverpool’s annual trophy hunt now largely depends on him.
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If Fabinho picks up an injury, Liverpool are down to Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips at the back. The former played National League with Kidderminster Harries last season, while the latter was in 2.Bundesliga with Stuttgart.
You’re not winning the Premier League or Champions League with that combination – they just don’t have the know-how.
In all honest, you shouldn’t be able to win either with one of those two alongside a defensive midfielder as your centre-half pairing. But here we are.
Liverpool sit at the top of the league with £39m Fabinho as their most experienced first-choice centre-half. He’s the one their defending is built around and yet he’s playing out of position.
He’s been a revelation there, of course, and plays like an elite defender. And Liverpool now need to hope that continues because he’s by far their most reliable option.
Two of the others are gone for now, while we can’t expect Matip to stay fit even once he’s back.
So if Fabinho is out for any extended period of time, if his form drops significantly, Liverpool will not win anything this season.
There isn’t anyone to cover for him, there isn’t a chance of formation that can help – Fabinho must perform.
And so if Liverpool do win a trophy this season, they can essentially thank Fabinho immediately. He’s the key to success this season, as ridiculous as that is.