'Really special': 28-year-old Liverpool player reacts after hearing what Jurgen Klopp said about him recently
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'Really special': 28-year-old Liverpool player reacts after hearing what Jurgen Klopp said about him recently

Liverpool’s Fabinho was delighted to be called one of the best defensive midfielders in the world by Jurgen Klopp.

Asked by The Athletic about the recent praise from Klopp, Fabinho said it meant a lot to him to hear it from his manager.

“To hear that from the manager was really special,” said the 28-year-old. “I just try to be the best player I possibly can for the team. I know I can be important and if that means I’m one of the best No 6s in the world then all good.

“Last season was really good. I don’t focus too much on the numbers but it was my best season if we’re talking about goals. It’s good to be important for the team offensively as well as defensively.”

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We think Klopp’s being a little stingy with his praise actually. Fabinho isn’t ‘one of’ the best in the world at what he does, he’s hands down the absolute number 1!

One of the first names on the teamsheet

Entering into his fifth season at Liverpool, Fabinho remains somewhat underrated. You don’t see the Brazil international scooping awards and earning individual recognition.

It’s even the case that he often can’t get in his country’s team, despite being one of the best around. But the fact remains that he’s another elite player in Liverpool’s first eleven.

People will have varied line-ups for who is in Klopp’s best team right now.

Now that Sadio Mane’s gone there’s a place up for grabs up-front. Who partners Virgil Van Dijk is unresolved, and there’s a spot open in midfield. Some may even go for a formation change.

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But if you ask 100,000 Liverpool fans to name their current best team, Fabinho would be in all 100,000. He’s that important.

As the former Monaco man mentions, he’s even started popping up with some goals, too. Although that’s not why he’s in the team, it’s a handy habit to have in a squad who don’t score enough from midfield.

Hopefully there’s more of that to come next season. With Mohamed Salah and James Milner both sticking around, he’s unlikely to get the chance to take too many penalties.

If he does though, he’ll bury them. Ask him to play right-back, no problem. Centre-back? Easy. Get him in that spot right in-front of the defence though, and you’ve instantly got a better chance of winning the game.

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