While his future should remain in the No. 6 role, such is the level of Fabinho‘s performances that there is a convincing argument that he could be retained at the heart of defence.
He has largely operated as the left-sided centre-back, which sees him play next to Robertson at left-back, and speaking from his position alongside Fabinho, the Scot has lauded him as “our best performer this season.”
“He’s a silent assassin. I think he’s showed his versatility again, I don’t think he looks out of place,” he told Soccer AM.
“He’s probably been our best performer this season.
“For me, if you were to give the award just now I’d give Fab the Player of the Season.”
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Robertson in assessing the Liverpool squad’s FIFA 21 stats, and added: “We call him the Dyson, hoovers up everyone’s mess!”
It is difficult to argue with Fabinho as the Reds’ standout player this season, and that it comes from another of the candidates in Robertson shows how important the No. 3 has been.
He could resemble the perfect partner for the aggressive, front-footed right-sider Kabak, giving Liverpool the height, strength, aerial ability and quality in possession they need in Klopp’s high defensive line.
And when the time comes for Fabinho to return to midfield, his experience as a centre-back will likely only benefit the Reds further, allowing him to serve as a more well-rounded shield for the likes of Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip and Kabak.