Xabi Alonso identifies Liverpool FC star’s ‘greatest asset’
Liverpool FC legend Xabi Alonso is a big fan of Brazilian midfielder Fabinho
Xabi Alonso says Liverpool FC midfielder Fabinho’s greatest asset is his anticipation.
The Brazil international was named man of the match in Liverpool FC’s 3-1 victory over defending champions Manchester City at Anfield earlier this month.
Fabinho broke the deadlock in the first half with a brilliant long-range strike before he shielded the Liverpool FC defence expertly to help the home side claim three points.
The South American star has established himself as a key player in the Liverpool FC team over the past 12 months after he initially was used sparingly following his move to Anfield.
The Reds signed Fabinho in a £40m deal from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco after the 25-year-old was previously linked with a move to Liverpool FC’s rivals Manchester United.
Former Liverpool FC midfielder Alondo picked out aspects of Fabinho’s game that he really admires.
“He is connected to the game, always. His anticipation is his greatest asset,” Alonso told The Athletic, as quoted by Metro.
“Sometimes you only have to take one or two steps to change the movements of your team-mates and that can determine the whole outcome of the game without anyone really realising because spectators tend to follow the ball rather than the player.
“He’s not reacting one second later, he’s anticipating what is going to happen one second before.”
Fabinho has scored two goals in 58 games in all competitions since his move to Liverpool FC over 18 months ago.
The Brazil midfielder was part of the Reds team that won the Champions League title last season thanks to a 2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the final.
Fabinho has previously played for Real Madrid and AS Monaco before his big-money switch to the Anfield outfit.
Liverpool FC will take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.