Jurgen Klopp explains why Liverpool FC signing hasn’t featured this season

The Liverpool FC manager shed light on Fabinho's situation following his summer move to Anfield

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Jurgen Klopp has shed light on Fabinho’s adjustment to life at Liverpool FC following his summer move from AS Monaco.

The Reds made the Brazil international their first signing of the 2018 summer transfer window at the start of June.

Liverpool FC spent £39m on the AS Monaco midfielder to bolster Klopp’s midfield options ahead of the new Premier League season.

The Merseyside outfit have won their opening seven fixtures of the current campaign to lay down a marker in the title race.

Summer signing Naby Keita has impressed when given the chance to shine in the Liverpool FC team.

Fabinho, though, has only made one appearance after he came off the bench in added time of their 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference at Anfield ahead of the visit of Chelsea FC in the League Cup, Klopp said:

“It’s not different between him and other players. It’s really not complicated, only you need to get used to it.

“It’s about positioning, it’s about reaction, it’s about spaces – defensively, closing them; offensively, use them. It’s a football team with a specific way of playing. That always needs time and they were all used to other football teams.

“So, you have natural runs in a team. A very famous movement at Liverpool was Phil Coutinho: half-left, inside, nice shot. For this one, to make it really difficult to defend, you needed somebody for overlapping so that one defender is busy. Things like that, only to explain a little bit. That’s completely normal.

“It’s always different but it will happen because it’s not really difficult, it’s only because the game is so quick and so intense, it needs to get natural.

“At the end, it’s not about changing these players or changing their football personality. They are here because they did what they did. But now we have to work on that it fits. Three, four, five weeks only in football sounds like a really long period.

“Otherwise, you would always say to improve something give it half a year or whatever to really make the next step in your career. That’s it, nothing else.”

Liverpool FC finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last term to secure successive finishes in the top four.

The Reds are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and two points clear of the chasing pack.

Chelsea FC and Manchester City are two points adrift of the Premier League leaders.

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