Date published: Wednesday 23rd September 2020 9:10
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is indebted to Fabinho for saving him the job of spending over £30million on a new defender, according to one Anfield legend.
Fabinho was arguably man of the match in the Reds’ 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.
Stepping into defence for the injured Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, he kept pacey forward Timo Werner at bay on several occasions.
The performance comes amid talk that Liverpool could look to fill a gap in their defensive ranks. Dejan Lovren has left for Zenit St Petersburg, leaving Klopp a recognised centre-back light.
However, John Aldridge feels Klopp now has no reason to spend on a new addition after Fabinho’s display.
“Fabinho was outstanding at the heart of the defence and so long as he is happy to play in a centre-back position, he looks to have the potential to become Virgin van Dijk’s first choice partner,” he wrote in a Herald newspaper column.
“Chelsea tried to target Fabinho as he would have been perceived as a weak link in the Liverpool defence, but Timo Werner knocked on his door time and again and there was just no way through.
“It looks like Fabinho will save the club £30m this summer as they would have spent that and more trying to find a central defender to turn in a performance of that class against a top-quality opponent and it removes one big issue for Klopp and the club.”
‘Thiago’s display will scare Pep Guardiola’
Aldridge also feels Thiago Alcantara will take Liverpool to a new level this season, after the Spaniard’s debut.
Thiago came on at half-time at Stamford Bridge and ended up completing the most passes of any player on the pitch.
“Thiago lived up to his billing with his magnificent debut performance for Liverpool at Chelsea last Sunday and he has already taken Jurgen Klopp’s team to the next level,” Aldridge added.
“It was always going to be hard to build on near perfection, as that’s what Liverpool produced for most of last season as they ran away with the Premier League.
“Yet I look at the calmness, composure and pure class Thiago displayed after he came on at half-time in the game at Stamford Bridge and it fuelled my belief that Liverpool can kick on and find another gear in the coming months.
“It is a reality that has to send a shiver of fear down the spines of their opponents as while Manchester City looked good in their win at Wolves on Monday night, Pep Guardiola and his players will not have liked what they saw from Liverpool as they beat Chelsea.
“I know they were down to ten men in the second half after the red card that was correctly given to Andreas Christensen for his rugby tackle on Sadio Mane, yet the job still needed to be done and it was completed with ruthless efficiency by the champions in the second half.”
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