Fabinho opens up on playing as centre back and aspects of his game in this role he could still improve
- The Brazilian says he was ready to be called to carry out defensive duties after injuries hit the back line.
- He had a few training session that helped him to acquire some necessary skills to play in that position.
- Playing alongside van Dijk has contributed to his decent performance vs Brighton.
- The 25-year-old says he could still improve his positioning and other stuff necessary for a centre back if he were to play more as a central defender.
The Brazilian, known for his versatility, has already been of immense help for the Reds this season. Playing out of his natural position, the 25-year-old has proved he could adapt to circumstances when the situation requires.
Fabinho has started nine times for Liverpool in the Premier League this year winning eight of those games and drawing just the one with 23 goals thrown in to boot for the team while only four have been conceded. 👏🏻🔴 pic.twitter.com/nUWdw00bcQ— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) January 15, 2019
“Some weeks ago, I knew this could be an option because we had some players out injured and we only had two centre-backs available,” Fabinho tells Liverpoolfc.com. “When Dejan got injured, I knew it would be logical that I’d play in that position.
“I had some training sessions playing in that position, which helped me adapt better and pick up certain aspects, like positioning and movements you need to be natural at to play in this position. When it came to playing in a game it was a bit easier because I’d trained in the position.”
Fabinho was summoned to play alongside van Dijk in a 1-0 vs Brighton and he did absolutely well. Looking at his performance and stats one could hardly say he's not a natural centre back:
Fabinho stats vs Brighton 🇧🇷— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) January 12, 2019
Aerial duels won 4/4
Clearances 5 (most on pitch)
Passes - 110
Pass success 85%
Clean sheet ✅
He's not even a centre-back! pic.twitter.com/FhMBgN0ZzJ
“I’d already played the previous game as a centre-back against Wolves [a 2-1 loss that saw Liverpool crash out of the competition],” he reflects. “I think it went well, I had a good understanding with Ki-Jana Hoever, the communication was good. Regarding positioning, I improved throughout the game in this aspect. I did well.
“And in the last game against Brighton, I think I played well. Playing alongside Van Dijk helped, he’s really vocal, he guided us. He helped me a lot. I had good communication with Trent and also with Hendo; they were the players closest to me on the pitch.
"For somebody playing out of position, he covered well and had so many good blocks. Credit to him because it can’t be easy playing out of position. That is our attitude, we're all willing to play in different positions. I thought he was different class" #LFC— TheKop.com (@TheKop_com) January 14, 2019
- Robbo on Fabinho pic.twitter.com/hQPcKJAtVh
“In general, I think it was a good game. In this position, which I haven’t played in a lot, I think I adapted well. There are some aspects, such as positioning, that I need to improve on. If I were to play in this position more, I’d improve on these things, but that’s natural.”