Fabinho should be one of the first names on our team-sheet.
We’re a worse side when the Brazilian is not anchoring the midfield. He makes more defensive actions than anybody else, but also passes the ball quickly and progressively from the no.6 position.
Yesterday, we struggled to dominate midfield without him. Jordan Henderson was our defensive midfielder, but he endured a poor game, while James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum were not especially noticeable either side.
When Fabinho came on, we looked a more physically robust side and we eventually grabbed the late winner.
Jamie Carragher thinks his 13 minute cameo proves he needs to be in the team every week – and we wholeheartedly agree.
“I think Fabinho’s possibly Liverpool’s best player since the turn of the year, and I think he made a big difference when he came on. It was a big surprise (that he didn’t start),” Carra told Sky Sports, cited in the Mail.
“Since he came on, his passing and how he wins the ball back – he made a difference – so I expect to see him between now and the end of the season.“
We have an away trip to Southampton on Friday night, which is another must-win – especially as Manchester City are playing Cardiff City on Wednesday and are as close to guaranteed winners in that tie as is possible.
Our midfield would include Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum and either Naby Keita or Adam Lallana.
But we’ll see if the boss agrees!