Fabinho, the improvised Liverpool defender, admits he ‘didn’t really like’ playing in the back, helping to mitigate the club’s injury crisis while revealing the Reds believe they can still make it to the top four for Arsenal.
- Fabinho has thrown himself into an improvised Liverpool defense amid an injury crisis
- The absence of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip destroyed title defense
- The Brazilian midfielder admits he didn’t really like filling in the central half
- But Fabinho believes he has developed as a player as a result of the experience
- Reds will travel to Arsenal on Saturday to aim for a top four finish
Fabinho has admitted he ‘didn’t really like’ being Liverpool’s makeshift center-back, but believes it has helped him grow as a player as Jurgen Klopp’s men chase a top four finish.
The Reds’ Premier League title defense never really got underway this season as injuries to key mid-halves Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez held them back.
Brazilian midfielder Fabinho was one of those Jürgen Klopp tasked with moving into the back, and while Liverpool have suffered many defeats, they remain hoping for a strong end to the season.
Fabinho (left) had to adjust his game to play at center back during an injury crisis at Liverpool
Injuries to key center-backs such as Virgil van Dijk (pictured) led to an improvised back line
Jurgen Klopp’s team remains in the hunt for a top four finish despite several setbacks in the injury
They head to Arsenal on Saturday night to close the current five-point gap between themselves in seventh place and Chelsea in fourth place in the Champions League.
It marks the start of a pivotal week as they prepare to face Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.
“By playing as the center, I learned a lot,” said Fabinho Sky Sports
‘I learned to enjoy this position because I didn’t really enjoy it at first!
“But thanks to my teammates, I have improved a lot and learned a few things about the position, including leadership because you can see almost everything in this position, so we had to try to organize the team as well.”
Fabinho (right) believes his game has evolved as a result of playing on the defensive
The Brazilian is pictured in practice this week ahead of a pivotal week in Liverpool’s season
In seventh place, Liverpool will try to close the gap to the top four when they go to Arsenal
Premier League, unless stated otherwise
Saturday Arsenal (A)
Tuesday Real Madrid (A)
Quarter-finals Champions League, 1st leg
April 10 Aston Villa (H)
April 14 Real Madrid (A)
Champions League Quarter Final, 2nd leg
April 19th Leeds United (A)
April 24 Newcastle United (H)
Fabinho admitted that converting to a permanent center-back was a “possibility” later in his career.
Klopp’s squad is about to enter a season-defining couple of weeks. Their journey to the Emirates will be followed by their quarter-final first leg with Real and a home game against Aston Villa.
They will then face Real again on April 14, before visiting Leeds United five days later. And the importance of the upcoming series of games is not lost to Fabinho.
“Now the last part of the season begins, the most decisive part,” he said. ‘So we have to give everything and play every match as a final.
“ It will be difficult to be in the top four and go as far as possible in the Champions League, but we have to be ready for this, we have to give everything and play our best football if we want to celebrate at the end. . of the season.
‘Yes of course we believe [we can finish in the top four]We have to be the first to believe it if we want to be there.
And I think we can win this draw against Real Madrid, but we have to bring our best form and best vote. We are Liverpool so we always try to win every game. ‘