Klopp Backs Fabinho Quality

Klopp Backs Fabinho Quality

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has no doubts about Fabinho’s quality as he prepares for a rare start against Red Star Belgrade.

Following his move to the Reds from Monaco over the summer, the midfielder did not make his debut until mid-September when he came off the bench in the 89th minute of the Champions League opener against Paris St Germain.

Since then he has made two further appearances as a substitute and one start in the Carabao Cup loss to Chelsea.
With Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita both out injured, he looks set to feature in Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Red Star and Klopp admits it is a big chance for the 25-year-old.

“I didn’t make the line-up for tomorrow, how we will start, but of course it is very important for us that he’s now been here for a few months, got used to all the things,” he said.

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“(He has had to) adapt to the style of play. If you watch Fabinho playing at Monaco, (he was) full of confidence. You come to a new club and it depends a bit on your personality.

“He’s not the loudest person on the planet, it’s not that he’s come in and said, ‘Sit down all of you and I’ll explain to you how we played at Monaco because we were in Champions League semi-final the year before and became French champions’.

“He is looking, watching and it always takes a little bit of time. That’s how it is. But on the pitch, he is back now and that’s good. So, all fine.”