Jurgen Klopp was thrilled with the performance of Fabinho during last night’s win over RB Leipzig and described the Brazil international as one of the best players in the world in his favourite position.
The versatile former Monaco star has been forced to fill in at centre-half for the majority of the season given the unprecedented spate of injuries Liverpool have suffered in that area of their squad.
Vigril van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all suffered potentially season-ending setbacks, while Fabinho himself has been forced to spend a significant amount of time on the sidelines as well.
Klopp was able to restore the 27-year-old to the base of Liverpool’s midfield last night with Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips selected at the heart of the Premier League champions’ defence.
Fabinho produced a typically assured performance as Liverpool secured a 2-0 win on the night and progressed to the quarter-finals, much to the delight of their manager.
Klopp said: ‘It was my hope before the season [Fabinho playing in midfield] and during the season it didn’t happen, so we have to see what solutions we can find for the next games – for Wolves first and foremost.
‘Of course, No.6 is his position, one of the best in the world in that position, it’s clear. It was not only defending-wise really good from him, he played some good stuff as well. [He is] important for us.’
He said: ‘Yes, I missed it a little bit playing the midfield position.
“In general our quality was very good tonight, the communication from our two centre-halves, the pressing from the offensive players was working very good. Everyone was good, everyone enjoyed it, everyone pressed and we did the hard work.’