Paul Robinson claims Liverpool are experiencing the same defensive problem Manchester City faced last season.
The former Tottenham goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, drew comparisons between Fabinho’s role at Liverpool this season and Fenandinho’s role at City last year.
Liverpool are winless in their last nine Premier League games when Fabinho has started at centre back and that streak continued against Newcastle United at the weekend.
Joe Willock scored a 95th-minute leveller on Saturday as a deflection off Fabinho fooled Allison and sent the ball into the back of the net.
Fabinho is still filling in for the injured trio of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip after Liverpool’s unpredictable injury crisis earlier this season.
Robinson claims City had the same problem last season as Fernandinho was forced to play in defence due to injuries as the club failed to defend their Premier League title.
“He [Fabinho] obviously works best in midfield,” Robinson told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“He’s a player who they’ve utilised at centre half this season because they’ve had a huge problem there.
“It’s like Fernandinho at Man City last season. City had the same problem last year.
“John Stones was out of form and Aymeric Laporte was injured so Fernandinho had to play there and they were shipping goals because they missed his presence in midfield.
“That’s what has happened at Liverpool.”
Liverpool’s hopes of finishing in the top four took a severe blow when they drew with Newcastle as Chelsea pulled away later that day with a win over West Ham.
It has been a season to forget for Liverpool after failing to defend their Premier League title and being dumped out both domestic cups and the Champions League before reaching the latter stages.