Liverpool’s Klopp prepares to give Fabinho ‘nice birthday present’

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Now isn’t Liverpool the club to play for where there is so much room for improvement? Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has reiterated that Fabinho needs time to adapt as he prepares to throw him into action against Red Star Belgrade tonight.

The Brazilian’s game time has been limited so far with just one start in the EFL Cup and just 122 minutes of action.

The 25-year-old though got 20 minutes on Saturday in the win at Huddersfield after replacing the injured Adam Lallana and with both Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita out injured tonight he is set to feature against the Serbians.

And Klopp has once again defended the player’s slow start at Anfield and when asked whether it could be a big chance for Fabinho, he replied: “Yes, of course, no doubt about that. It’s clear.

“It’s his birthday [on Tuesday] by the way, so it would be a nice present, eh?

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“I didn’t make the line-up for tomorrow, how we will start, but of course it is very important for us that he’s now been here for a few months, got used to all the things.

“[He has had to] adapt to the style of play.

“If you watch Fabinho playing at Monaco, [he was] full of confidence. You come to a new club and it depends a bit on your personality.

“He’s not the loudest person on the planet, it’s not that he’s come in and said ‘sit down all of you and I’ll explain to you how we played at Monaco because we were in Champions League semi-final the year before and became French champions’.

“He is looking, watching and it always takes a little bit of time. That’s how it is. But on the pitch, he is back now and that’s good. So, all fine.”

Klopp maintains that the £43.7million summer recruit from Monaco is full of quality and added: “You only have to watch a few YouTube videos of him, the summaries – I don’t know which season of Monaco but it’s not too important because he was good in all of them.

“You see all the qualities. Hard challenger, good in one-on-one situations, offensively, defensively quick, good shooter, fantastic set-pieces, good header, all these things. Strategically good in the right moment.

“But, in a different system, and a different way we play, just different, and that’s what then always needs time to adapt, that’s all.”


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