Liverpool star Fabinho 'destroyed in dressing room' by Klopp - 'your legs have gone', says pundit
Jurgen Klopp will have ripped into Fabinho in the Liverpool dressing room after his dreadful display in Saturday night’s 2-1 defeat to Leeds United.
That is according to ex-Leeds striker Noel Whelan, speaking to Football Insider about the Brazilian midfielder’s latest error-strewn performance.
Fabinho, 29, started the match at Anfield but was hauled off after 61 minutes when the score was 1-1.
Klopp had made clear his frustration with the midfield anchorman during an exchange in the 38th minute when he erupted in fury at the player from the touchline and Fabinho responded by squinting and shaking his head in what appeared to be an act of denial.
Shortly afterwards, he was comfortably bypassed by a Leeds player on the counter-attack and Sky Sports co-commentator Jamie Carragher claimed Fabinho was like a “ghost” on the pitch.
“Fabinho was miles off the pace and Klopp was clearly not happy with him,” Whelan told Football Insider. “There was that furious exchange in the first half and he was constantly gesturing where the midfielders should be.
“I’m surprised he didn’t take Fabinho off at half-time, to be honest. He was that bad. He couldn’t cope with the energy and dynamism of Leeds, who had a proper go at Liverpool and were full value for their win. Klopp would have destroyed him in the dressing room at half-time.
“The fact he took him off after an hour, as well as Harvey Elliott, tells you everything about what he thought about the Liverpool midfield, and how there were too many gaps for Leeds to play in.
“Fabinho has been a brilliant player for Liverpool, but he’s been horrendous this season, a shadow of his former self.
“He’s not that old, he’s not even 30, but I’m thinking, ‘it looks like your legs have gone’. The decline could be terminal”.