Some Liverpool supporters have taken to Twitter to demand Jurgen Klopp selects Fabinho in midfield rather than defence in the game against Chelsea tomorrow night (8.15pm).
The Reds take on Thomas Tuchel’s Blues at Anfield and Fabinho could be in contention to start after recovering from his muscle injury.
The Brazilian returning to the side wasn’t up for discussion as far as many Liverpool fans were concerned.
However, they want to see Fabinho in his customary defensive-midfield role rather than emergency centre-back.
Here’s what some Liverpool fans had to say on Twitter:
The £100,000-a-week (Spotrac) Brazilian has spent the majority of 2020/21 filling in at centre-back amid Liverpool’s well-documented injury crisis.
To his credit, Fabinho has stepped into the priceless shoes of Virgil van Dijk exceptionally well. He was part of the champions’ run of nine Premier League games unbeaten between October and January.
But after the Brazilian returned to the treatment for a muscular problem, Liverpool started suffering their own growing pains.
They managed to overcome Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United without Fabinho but a shock defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion set them on the way to four consecutive league losses.
Fabinho did feature, however, in the 4-1 humbling at home to Manchester City.
Searching for consistency
Klopp has since juggled two other centre-back combinations, including Ozan Kabak and Jordan Henderson.
Their partnership was swiftly disbanded after Henderson was forced off in the Merseyside derby last weekend.
Nathaniel Phillips played alongside Kabak for the rest of that game and in the 2-0 win over Sheffield United on Sunday.
Everyone associated with Liverpool will want to see some kind of consistency return to their starting line-ups, even if that means sticking with Phillips and Kabak against Chelsea.
Between them, they only total 11 top-flight appearances in England.
However, with Fabinho in front offering protection, they stand a much greater chance of standing firm against the Blues’ attack.
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