Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders claims Fabinho’s absence from midfield damaged title hopes

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Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders claims Fabinho’s absence from midfield had a huge impact on the imploding of their title hopes, claiming ‘we lost our bike’ while praising the Brazilian for having the ‘talent to make others thrive’.

  • Liverpool’s rear injury crisis has been well documented this campaign
  • Fabinho had to come in at mid-back after injuries to Van Dijk and Gomez
  • And Pep Lijnders believes his absence had a negative impact on Reds midfield
  • In two games, Fabinho has recovered to midfield, Liverpool have won both

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has underlined how significantly Fabinho’s absence from their midfield has influenced their season.

The Brazil international came into action as an emergency center when Virgil van Dijk was injured in the Merseyside derby in October.

He did not return to his preferred starting position in central midfield until the Champions League last-16 second leg against RB Leipzig on 10 – 22 March matches later.

Fabinho's absence from midfield was greatly felt by Liverpool in the Premier League

Fabinho’s absence from midfield was greatly felt by Liverpool in the Premier League

In the two games he has recovered, Jurgen Klopp’s side have both won and conceded no goal, compared to the previous 17 when they were the best in the Premier League at Christmas, winning just five, conceding 20 and only four remained. clean sheets.

‘We not only lost our last line (due to injuries to Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip); by losing our last line, we also lost our midfield, ” Lijnders told the Liverpool website.

‘And we lost our bike there, and that’s a big problem. It is something that caused doubt in many different tactical aspects.

“ We’ve always tried to find the solution, but the solution needs consistency, and that was the problem because there were always different and new problems and the consistency took away.

Jurgen Klopp's team had terrible form and saw their title hopes explode

Jurgen Klopp's team had terrible form and saw their title hopes explode

Jurgen Klopp’s team had terrible form and saw their title hopes explode

‘He (Fabinho) has the ability to make the players around him better. It’s really hard to find players who have the talent to make the others thrive. ‘

Ljinders said the Brazil midfielder was crucial to how they operate as he has the skills required to allow their more attacking players to thrive.

The assistant manager placed captain Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum in the same bracket, but with the Dutch midfielder expiring this summer as his contract expires without signs of extension, the club will likely have to find a like. -for-like replacement.

‘He just always puts the team above himself. In the same package you get someone who only cares to make the team better, there is no room for ego ‘, says Lijnders on Fabinho.

Reds assistant Pep Lijnders greeted Fabinho and said 'he has the talent to make players flourish'

Reds assistant Pep Lijnders greeted Fabinho and said 'he has the talent to make players flourish'

Reds assistant Pep Lijnders greeted Fabinho and said ‘he has the talent to make players flourish’

‘He is a real team player. Luckily we have three, Gini and Hendo have this property too.

‘Having two midfielders like that is like the queen in chess. You lose the queen who defends in violation.

‘You need two who can control a game by being dominant without the ball. We are looking for that. ‘

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