Fabinho on adaptation to Liverpool, helpful team-mates & ‘demanding’ Jurgen Klopp

9 October 2018

New signing Fabinho has yet to win a place in the team, but says he’s already learning at Liverpool and there’s much more to come.


The Brazilian arrived from Monaco in the summer as something of a shock signing.

A defensive midfielder first and foremost, he has so far watched on while Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum have rotated duty in the deepest role, gaining minutes with just three appearances thus far.

With James Milner now out for a month with injury, however, a midfield spot could well open up for Fabinho.

And the new No. 3 says he’s adapting well to the manager’s wishes, learning the Liverpool way—with plenty of help from his compatriots, as he told Liverpoolfc.com.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 26, 2018: Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The task now, for Fabinho, is to earn a starting role in the team—and he says his manager is very demanding.

“My process to adapt to English football has been very good. Since pre-season I believe I have understood the way Jurgen Klopp plays and the way the team plays.

“My relationship with my teammates has also been very good, like Roberto Firmino, who has been helping me, and also Alisson.

“I’m playing a little bit more and that’s important to me because it’s important to adapt on the pitch by playing matches.

“It’s a new experience for me because Klopp has a different style of work from the way I’m used to – but this is something I will learn.

“I have learned a few things from him but it is just the start. He is a coach who demands a lot from his players, not only in matches but also on a daily basis in training.”

With a tough run of matches now out of the way, however, there’s every chance that Fabinho‘s opportunity comes sooner rather than later.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, August 7, 2018: Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' and manager J¸rgen Klopp during the preseason friendly match between Liverpool FC and Torino FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

He’s expected to play at least once for Brazil over the international break, and that added game time will see him ready for action once he returns.

The likes of Huddersfield and Fulham await the Reds over the next month or so, as well as Red Star twice, and Fabinho will surely play a much more prominent role as he settles fully into the Liverpool team.

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