Fabinho’s yellow card yesterday at Old Trafford was the Brazilian’s fourth of the competition so far this season, meaning he’s just one away from a one-game ban…
Our next Premier League fixture is versus Tottenham at Anfield, before we play Aston Villa the following weekend.
If Fab gets booked in v Spurs, he’ll miss Villa, but if he goes into the referee’s notebook at Villa Park, he’ll be suspended for the Manchester City match on November 10 – something we 100% cannot afford.
As a result, it might be an idea to rest Fabinho for the Villa game and use Jordan Henderson as the midfield anchorman – although if we fail to win a decision like this will be heavily scrutinised.
Fabinho wasn’t actually at his best v Manchester United, but it’s his first average performance of the season and he’s rightly now one of the first names on our team-sheet.
It’ll be interesting to see what Jurgen Klopp decides to do over the next fortnight in regards to the potential suspension – as it’s not good for a central midfielder to be playing with the knowledge that he cannot get booked from the beginning of matches.