Jurgen Klopp believes Fabinho’s confidence and prestige will continue to grow at the heart of Liverpool’s defense after his impressive performance in the Champions League win over Brazilian Ajax.
Finbinh made a decisive contribution to the victory with a spectacular goal line clearance as Darshan Tedic could not be stopped by equalizing his own goal by Dubin Tadic Nicole’s Tagliafico. Midfielders Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip were again forced into central defense with injuries, and Liverpool’s co-captain suffered a ligament injury a few months ago due to menstruation, fueled by Fabinho’s escape partnership with Klopp Joe Gomez.
“Was there pressure on that situation tonight? Yes, ”Klopp said of his central defensive problem. “It’s clear to the two behind me since this was their first game together, I think. Fabinho can play the position, he actually likes to play. If I tell him to play right – back I don’t think he’ll enjoy it so much. We have to keep our boys fit in the situation, but I’m really happy for tonight. It definitely gave him confidence.
“It was good but Fabinho could play better. Joe and Fabinho need to get used to each other, verbally claim their position and help the midfield. It was a good performance but there is a lot to improve, and it’s good. Tonight it’s It was pretty good. “
Klopp has admitted that Liverpool need to keep a clean sheet for Fabinho’s clearance and “keep a clean sheet with former Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen with a post in the second half”. “We couldn’t hang the clean sheet too much because there were two situations where we were far from perfect,” he said.
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Man have all been replaced at the moment but the Liverpool manager has insisted they should not rest for Saturday’s game against Sheffield United or injury. Manu had an ice pack on his knee after taking it back.
Klopp said: “You saw it was an intense game and if you win the ball you have a great chance with offensive transitions. It was tough for the front three so I am glad we can make this change and make five changes tonight. Had been dead for a few days it was still painful but it’s not a problem and he puts ice in it when he’s not playing.