Fabinho is emerging as an outstanding midfielder at Liverpool, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United and Coventry City striker has been blown away by the impact made by the Brazilian in the second half of his Anfield debut season.
Fabinho has established himself as a lynchpin of the team since the turn of the year after initially struggling to make an impression following his arrival from Monaco last summer.
Whelan explained how the 25-year-old’s performance against Barcelona was proof of his remarkable transformation in recent months.
“I can’t quite believe how good he is,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He took a while to settle and Klopp bedded him in slowly, just like he did with Andrew Robertson the season before.
“Fabinho has been brilliant in recent months. He is perfect for the midfield anchorman role – he covers the ground, presses relentlessly, wins the ball and moves it on quickly. He can see a pass, too.
“His performance against Barcelona was outstanding. He got the yellow card early on and knew he couldn’t put a foot wrong from then on, and he didn’t. The best thing you can say is he’s a nightmare to play against. I’m stunned at his improvement in such a short space of time.”
Fabinho has made 39 appearances for Liverpool, including 20 Premier League and six Champions League starts.
Klopp is likely to perm three out of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum to start in midfield in Sunday’s Premier League finale against seventh-placed Wolves.
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