Jurgen Klopp has suggested that Fabinho will be heavily involved in the first-team following the international break.
The Brazilian summer signing has not yet featured for us since arriving from AS Monaco, despite a full pre-season in which he was heavily involved.
It’s led some fans to think there’s an underlying issue, but Klopp has promised there is not and that the 24-year-old will make his debut in September.
“Nothing. The team is good and he needs time,” Klopp said, when asked what was wrong with Fabinho, cited in the Metro.
“He could have been in the squad, of course, but it’s quite difficult to make the squad at the moment because they are all fit. It’s good to have the situation as one might need a bit of time, or the others are more used to it. That’s the only reason. But he will come back. And now we have games every three days, and he has made big steps in the last few weeks. He could even play at the moment.
“Hopefully now Fabinho has games with Brazil, and then after he comes back we have games, games, games. We have the whole of September a lot of games, only against top teams. We need all of the players, that’s good. We have come through the period where it looked like we didn’t need all of them because we played quite a consistent line-up and the level in training was high. That’s all cool. Hopefully they all come back healthy as we have to use them all because of the number of games.”
Eventually, we believe Fabinho will become the team’s first-choice anchoring midfielder.
He is tactically and positionally very smart, physical and composed with the ball at his feet.
Jordan Henderson can probably spray a better long pass, but defensively, Fabinho is the captain’s superior.
Still, having both those players as options at no.6, as well as Gini Wijnaldum, is fantastic.