Speaking on the Robbie Fowler Podcast, Jamie Carragher has lauded Fabinho as good as any midfielder currently in Europe.
Carragher says that the restored influence of Fabinho in midfield will also aid summer signing Thiago Alcantara, who has previously been forced to operate in a deeper position.
The Sky Sports pundit was asked whether or not he thinks Thiago is more suited to the Champions League, to which he responded: “Yeah I think that’s pretty obvious, yeah I think so.
“There’s no doubt about that when you come in and see him play. I actually feel a bit sorry for him. Because he’s played two or three different roles in midfield, he’s played the deepest position and now he’s playing a bit higher.
“I thought he was very good against Leipzig and you just think of the knock-on effect of having Fabinho next to him, and what that will do to his game, because I think Fabinho is as good as anyone in Europe.”
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What RTK has to say
Carragher is spot on. Fabinho impressed everyone upon his return to the midfield last week. It was the first time since October that he was able to be utilised in his natural position.
It didn’t require much time for Fabinho to make an impact, either. Against RB Leipzig last week there was an immediate difference from both a defensive and attacking perspective.
The defence was better protected and the midfield enabled to play with greater freedom to get forward. It was clear to see that other than Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson, Fabinho is arguably Liverpool’s next most influential player in terms of what he brings to the team.
After all, the best players in world football are the ones who are able to elevate the performances of those around them.
That’s Fabinho in a nutshell, though, and his influence only highlights how detrimental his absence in midfield has been this season.
The last two matches epitomise such a notion. With Fabinho back doing what he does best, Liverpool have won two matches while recording back-to-back clean sheets.
As Carragher eluded to, Fabinho’s influence on those around him alone makes him one of the most influential midfielders on the planet.
It’s paramount, then, that Jurgen Klopp continues to retain the player’s services in midfield for the remainder of the season.