We’re fully behind Fabinho, and think he’ll eventually be a great success at Liverpool, but you can see why Jurgen Klopp is currently not using the Brazilian in our starting XI for the Premier League.
During the first 45 minutes of our EFL Cup with Chelsea, the former AS Monaco midfielder simply thought he had more time on the ball than he did.
He’s not yet up to the speed of English football, but he’ll get there. Klopp doesn’t sign duds, especially for so much money, so it’s just going to take some time.
Some of this criticism is fair, while some of it is exaggerated. I think what tonight does prove though is that the blind longing for Fabinho to start when we were winning matches, and Gini Wijnaldum was shining, was premature.
Here’s the reaction to his first 45 on Twitter:
I think they're going to eventually be great players for us, but you can see why Keita and Fabinho aren't in Klopp's first-choice XI right now. They're just a little bit behind the pace – although Naby is definitely showing glimpses.
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) September 26, 2018
— Red Blooded Kiki (@SilverSong1892) September 26, 2018
Think we all know why fabinho has not played. Way off the pace.
— noel cahill (@ncahill1) September 26, 2018
Whilst fabregas has been quality, Keita and Fabinho showing why it’ll take time for them to displace Milner/hendo/Gini
— 马丁 戴尔 (@mdy3r) September 26, 2018
Fabinho have a long way to go before he's ready. And Moreno is the same player as always. Can't defend, Moses looks like fucking Messi.
— Dag Magnar Wara (@wara_dag) September 26, 2018
Fabinho’s positioning is a bit off though probably why Klopp said he needs more time to adapt
— Tom🤙(6-0-0) (@NF17__) September 26, 2018
100% agree. You can see the ball passing Fabinho by. Henderson is obviously used to Klopps tactics. Now we all know why Klopp hasn't been starting Fabinho. He's not ready.
— Andy (@andytt87) September 26, 2018
So guess what? Klopp was right to hold fabinho back cos he still looks well short. Least we've got a squad now for when we need to change things
— Rob Dean (@Akloppalypse78) September 26, 2018