Fabinho believes he is only getting better and better at centre-back though admits the Liverpool back-line have been spoken to by Jurgen Klopp about improving their communication.
The Premier League champions are likely to be without Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the season following his ACL injury sustained against Everton, with the Dutchman successfully undergoing surgery this week.
Fabinho – who picked up an injury of his own in midweek – has done an excellent job of deputising in the absence of the Dutchman, though Van Dijk’s leadership skills are still missed and Klopp wants his defenders to step up.
‘It has become increasingly natural,’ Fabinho told Brazilian outlet UOL of his move into central defence.
‘I already have some games in this position and some moves are getting more automatic. In terms of positioning, I’m getting better and better.’
On the absence of a leader in the Liverpool back-line, he continued: ‘This communication and leadership you notice mainly when he [Van Dijk] is not on the field.
‘Maybe it is not my profile or Joe Gomez’s, but we don’t have to be afraid to work hard.
‘Sometimes it’s small things like a second ball, movement in pressure and reaction, things that help the midfielders. It’s something I know I have to improve.’
Fabinho still has a contract with Liverpool until 2023 and would be happy to extend his deal, adding: ‘I have this [season] and two more years of contract.
‘I intend to fulfil these three years and soon see if there is a renewal or not, but my focus today is on Liverpool and I am very happy here.’