Liverpool head-coach Jurgen Klopp has revealed summer signing Fabinho could be utilised as an auxiliary centre-half this term after he all but confirmed the position of Ragner Klavan.
Liverpool spent close to £40million for Brazilian midfielder just two days after their Champions League final loss against Real Madrid and the ex-Monaco star was expected to become a starter at Jurgern Klopp’s lineup.
However, the 24-year-old was an unused substitute in last Sunday’s 4-0 victory over West Ham United with Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and Naby Keita all starring in the Liverpool engine room.
And Klopp believes that Fabinho could player part to play in central defence as the season.
Asked about Joe Gomez’s ability to play at centre-half, the German said: ‘I was never in doubt about Joe’s ability to play there. He just needed time.
‘He’s a very good football player. He has a good understanding with Virgil. Matip is close to be back, hopefully in the squad for Monday. We have Nat Phillips and Fabinho can play there too.’
After he failed to feature last weekend, Brazilian midfielder has admitted he knew he would face a battle to become a starter for Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.
‘When I came to Liverpool I knew this competition would exist in midfield and I think it’s really good for the team,’ Fabinho told Premier League Productions.
‘If anything happens to a player, there’s adequate cover. During pre-season I played alongside a variety of different players and we blended really well. ‘So, overall, I think it’s a good thing for the team.’