By Frank McAvennie

10th Dec, 2020 | 6:30am

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Liverpool should tie Fabinho down to a new contract “tomorrow” after an impressive start to the 2020/21 campaign.

That is according to West Ham and Celtic legend Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the 27-year-old’s future at Anfield.

In the Guardian journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed that the Merseyside club hope to start negotiations with the versatile midfielder over a new contract soon.

He reports that the Brazil international, who still has three years left on his current deal, is viewed as one of the “untouchables” at the Premier League champions after an impressive first two and a half years in England.

Fabinho has made 15 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, often playing in the unfamiliar role of centre-half in the absence of the injured Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the defensive midfielder, McAvennie said: “Who’d have thought that he could play at the back so well?

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“Chris Sutton did it at Celtic and it is said to be easy for players that can read the game well. That is what Fabinho has been doing and that is what Virgil van Dijk does so well. He makes it look effortless.

“I would get him signed down to a new deal tomorrow.

“I thought Liverpool were going to really struggle without van Dijk but Klopp has found a way. That is why manager’s get paid the big money because I would never have foreseen Fabinho going in at centre-back.”   

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