Boss explains why it's fine to play centre-back Fabinho
- Jurgen Klopp has revealed he wants the understanding of football from each of his players, which is why the position doesn't always matter that much.
- The German insists that if someone has to play not his natural role, the teammates are always ready to help him to adapt.
- Furthermore, the German explains that the Reds are usually trying in training something they could use in a real game and, for example, Fabinho is no stranger to a centre-half role.
With Joe Gomez and Joel Matip injured, the Reds already had to rely just on Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren at the back. With the Croat picking up a health issue of his own, the Dutchman stays the only natural and experienced centre-back at Anfield. Gladly, Fabinho might play the position as well and he actually did it well against Wolverhampton on Monday. Thus, Jurgen Klopp has revealed his stance on the problem, as quoted by Liverpoolfc.com:
"If you speak about Fabinho, if he has to play as a centre-half, for example – which is not sure in the moment – but if, he played it before. We do that [planning and adaptation] on the training pitch. With a lot of information, you have – and I have it obviously – you can complicate things.
I don’t buy into the idea that Liverpool need to go into the transfer/loan market for centre back cover.— Jamie Holme (@JamieHolme) January 11, 2019
Injured players are soon back from injury & I think Fabinho alongside Van Dijk could form a strong partnership. Both ball players, aggressive & good in the air #LFC
"What we want is the natural understanding of the game because it’s still only football; if you are a holding six or a centre-half, with the ball it’s easier, without the ball it’s different because you don’t have a line behind you. But they are pretty much the two most important things, so use one and be prepared for the other, and everything will be fine.
"You have help from players around, one player usually can’t decide a game up front; it happens from time to time, but in defence, you always need the boys around you. We speak a lot during the week but we try to make it not more complicated than it is."