‘Big presence’: Michael Owen compares Liverpool FC star to Patrick Vieira

Former Liverpool FC striker Michael Owen says Fabinho is a "big presence" in midfield like Patrick Vieira at Arsenal

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Michael Owen
Liverpool FC legend Michael Owen (Photo: BT Sport)

Michael Owen says Fabinho has a “big presence” in the Liverpool FC midfield, just like Patrick Vieira used to have in the Arsenal team.

The Brazil international has been a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s side so far this season as Liverpool FC maintain their momentum in the Premier League title race.

Fabinho has established himself as Liverpool FC’s first-choice defensive midfielder over the past 12 months following his move to the Anfield outfit in 2018.

The 26-year-old is one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League alongside the likes of Fernandinho, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante.

Fabinho was substituted in the 19th minute of Liverpool FC’s 1-1 draw with Napoli on Wednesday night after he suffered an ankle injury following a clash with Hirving Lozano.

The Brazilian midfielder could be set to miss Liverpool FC’s home clash against Brighton and Hove Albion at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen likened Fabinho’s influence on the Reds team to Vieira’s impact at Arsenal.

“He’s got a presence, hasn’t he?” Owen told BT Sport before kick-off at Anfield on Wednesday night.

“There’s some great central midfielders like Makelele and Kante who have been small.

“But if I was a manager I would love a presence in there like Fabinho. He’s got a great shape to play in that position.

“If you’re a big presence like Fabinho, Vieira or Petit… they’re just so big you can’t find any gaps in the midfield.

“If you’ve got a big frame and a huge presence in there it helps so much I think.”

Liverpool FC signed Fabinho in a £39m deal from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in the 2018 summer transfer window.

The Reds are sitting eight points clear of second-placed Leicester City in the Premier League title race.

Liverpool FC have won 12 times in the top flight this term, only dropping points in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

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