Liverpool have been enduring something of a nightmare season. The Reds have been persistently hampered by injuries throughout the campaign, only a handful of players have avoided a multi-week spell on the sidelines. Players were dragged out of position to cover; Gary Lineker has pondered whether Jürgen Klopp got it wrong taking Fabinho out of the midfield.
Liverpool injury crisis
Although the injury crisis began in October we can look to the summer for its repercussions.
The Reds sold Dejan Lovren and decided against replacing him.
By November we had lost our starting centre back partnership for the season and the decision not to replace Lovren meant that we had to move players around.
Joel Matip was in and out of the side until January when he too was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies were brought in in the winter window but both have had their own injury problems since signing.
Gary Lineker ponders Jürgen Klopp decision
This week we saw Fabinho line up in the midfield for the first time in months.
The Brazilian has spent his time in the back four since the injury crisis took hold.
Fabby was a force to be reckoned with against RB Leipzig, he made all of the difference back in his preferred role. We really have missed him.
He was so effective that Gary Lineker pondered whether Jürgen Klopp made the right call with him. Speaking on BT Sport, with Peter Crouch singing the Brazilian’s praises, Lineker asked:
“It’s easy in hindsight isn’t it. Was it a mistake pulling him into the back four? Because you lose so much.
“I know they’ve lost a lot of central defenders but do you think that was perhaps an error?”
What RTK has to say
This is a question many of us have asked in recent weeks.
We understand why the boss thought it necessary to have Fab at the back but we have seen the light now.
Having Fabinho in the middle not only prevents chances being created against us but it also makes us more inventive on the front foot.
We’re winning the ball in better areas and we’re able to counter more effectively as a result.