1 tackle, 0 interceptions: Jamie Carragher is right to question Liverpool's 'problem' player after yesterday
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1 tackle, 0 interceptions: Jamie Carragher is right to question Liverpool's 'problem' player after yesterday

Jamie Carragher questioned Fabinho after the Liverpool player put in a poor performance against Nottingham Forest. He was right to do so.

Fabinho caught criticism from Jamie Carragher on Saturday, with the Liverpool midfielder struggling against Nottingham Forest. Carragher took to Twitter to ask what’s up with the player.

“Liverpool were awful,” he wrote. “What is going on with Fabinho?”

But this isn’t the first time that the former Red picked out Fabinho. He did so a couple of weeks ago, believing the Brazilian is part of a ‘huge problem’ at the club.

“There’s no doubt they’ve got a huge problem [in midfield],” said Carragher on Monday Night Football. “I think certainly Fabinho, he’s been miles off the pace from what he’s normally been this season.”

And statistically, Carragher was on the money. Fabinho made zero interceptions against Forest, registering just a single tackle from two attempts. He won zero headers, too, from a sole attempt and Forest caught him in possession once.

For the primary defensive midfielder, Fabinho failed to protect Liverpool. And not for the first time.

Carragher on Fabinho

Fabinho is usually a reliable interceptor. This season, though, he’s averaging 0.8 per game – the lowest of his career (per Whoscored). It’s also the first time he’s averaging under one per game.

The Brazilian averages 1.7 tackles per game this season which is the second-least of his career. The least came last season, with 1.6. The year before that saw Fabinho average 1.9 in a strange year – Jurgen Klopp often used him as a centre-back.

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But these are the only years of Fabinho’s career where he’s averaged under 2.1. There’s a clear drop-off there, which seems extra worrying as his interceptions have dropped off, too.

Statistics can’t tell you everything, of course, and Liverpool’s new system this year doesn’t make things easy for Fabinho. At the same time, it’s not promising when his key defensive numbers are at their all-time lowest.

Carragher is right to highlight the problem – Fabinho is playing the worst football of his career.

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