Thursday 25 April 2019

£40million man Fabinho highlights why he has yet to feature for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool

Fabinho joined Liverpool this summer from Monaco (Nigel French/PA).
Fabinho joined Liverpool this summer from Monaco (Nigel French/PA).

Liverpool's title challenge is up and running but for one of Jurgen Klopp's summer signings it's been a somewhat frustrating few weeks.

While Allisson and Naby Keita have adapted seamlessly and Xherdan Shaqiri involved from the bench, Fabinho has yet to seer any action since his big-money move from Monaco.

The Brazilian was an unused sub in the 4-0 opening day win over West Ham but he hasn't made the bench since.

Last week, Klopp said he was happy with Fabinho's progress and the player himself added that he is adapting to the Reds' style of play.

"I'm aware it's a different playing style than Monaco,” he said. "There were two in midfield there whereas here at Liverpool there's usually three.

"My midfield partners have provided me with guidance and assistance. So have the defence.

"I knew it would change and I feel I've adapted well. You seek guidance from the other players around you and that's worked really well and I feel my performances in pre-season were good.

"Although the systems are slightly different, there are similarities too.

"Monaco had a transition similar to Liverpool's. I think the two teams can be compared in this way; both them have very fast transition, with every fast players up front.

"I hope to be as important here as I was at Monaco."

Following yesterday's victory over Brighton, which made it three from three for Liverpool, Klopp said there is a lot more to come from his side.

"Nine points after three games, I never heard anything negative about that. We didn't concede a goal, nothing negative about that," said Klopp.

"If you watched the games - we knew before the game but now a few more people know - we have a lot more to do.

"First half was a good mindset, really patient in the right moment, and we scored the goal and could've score more and I don't think they had a chance in the first half.

"Then there was half-time and we didn't do exactly the same, the boys changed a little bit and it was not the best idea.

"We didn't show the same patience and it was a more open game and there was absolutely no need for that.

"The last 10 minutes they (Brighton) had their moments as we started passing through an area where they was no space.

"They had their chances and Alisson had to make a big save; nice, good for us.

"We won the game very deservedly. One-nil is not a result we've had very often since I was in but I am very happy because it was the best we could get today."

While Alisson Becker was becoming only the third Liverpool goalkeeper in 51 years to keep a clean sheet in the opening three league matches of the season the man he replaced, Loris Karius was joining Besiktas on a two-year loan.

The Turkish club will pay a £2.2million fee now and are obligated to buy him for a further £7.25million in 2020 if appearance and European qualification criteria are met.

"We said goodbye yesterday, He is really looking forward to it, it is good for him and I really think Loris is a fantastic goalkeeper at a very good age," added Klopp.

"A lot of people spoke about our improved defensive things and as good as Alisson was in the last three games we were good when he was not here and Loris did a lot of good things.

"Besiktas have a good team who have a good chance to win the league and they now have a really good goalkeeper and I am really happy for him."

Brighton boss Chris Hughton was disappointed with the manner of Salah's 23rd-minute goal but pleased with the way his side responded.

"We conceded a very poor goal and you have to make sure you stick in the game," he said.

"At that stage you can crumble a little bit, particularly here with the quality they've got, but we stuck in there.

"When you concede a goal like that, the disappointment can spread through the team and that can show, but I don't think it showed. We raised our game again."

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