But the hope now is that the Spaniard can string games together and ensure the midfield output against Leicester is a regular sight and not a rarity as it has been of late.
And their comeback left supporters in only one mind after the win over Leicester, with the question now being who is best suited to sit alongside the pair?:
Fabinho is out of this worldpic.twitter.com/qIQFvUUMCO
— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) February 11, 2022
This is what an elite 6 looks like. Offers unbelievable screening of the back four, wins the ball back and progressive in his passing.
— Jamie Holme (@JamieHolme) February 11, 2022
Can't be understated how big Fabinho and Thiago are to this Liverpool midfield. It's those two and then one other, without question.
The control they bring is priceless and they have such a great understanding.
With Alisson and Van Dijk behind them, that's as good as it gets.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) February 10, 2022
Just seen Maddison down the shop picking up a newspaper and pint of milk that Thiago sent him for last night https://t.co/d3Bk5OM8ZC
— Jay Reid ???? 19 ? (@jayreid1987) February 11, 2022
— Keifer MacDonald (@KeiferMacd) February 10, 2022
That Fabinho x Thiago axis really stiffens Liverpool defensively
— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) February 10, 2022
Fabinho and Thiago are the best midfield pair in the premier league
— John O Sullivan (@Corballyred) February 10, 2022
Fabinho and Thiago together is a joy.
— Red (@TaintlessRed) February 10, 2022
There's no doubt that all of #LFC's big games now require Fabinho and Thiago.
It's the third position that is up for grabs and it may be taken by an impressive young-un…
Thiago needs to be protected and played once a week only, maybe a sub appearance on top to build load.
— GaGs (@GagsTandon) February 11, 2022
Liverpool’s sustained pressure went up several levels with Elliott subbed on as the right-sided 8 and Thiago moving to the deeper left-sided 8 role & tucking in next to Fabinho as the 6. That midfield trio might very well be LFC’s best combination for the rest of the season.
— Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) February 10, 2022
Why does Thiago improve LFC defensively? It is from phases of play like this – when Fabinho is dragged out of position like with Maddison here, Thiago senses it & positions himself to block the space vacated by Fabinho as “the second 6”. Wijnaldum had this sense. |My cb ||Partey| pic.twitter.com/RpTrQgt0HD
— kwabena Danso Guardiola (@tacticaldanso) February 11, 2022
With Liverpool’s squad in an enviable state with every player available to Klopp for the trip to Burnley, the prospect of Fabinho and Thiago together only fuels the confidence for what this team can achieve in 2021/22.
They cover each other and are quick to back up the press, helping to create a solid foundation in the defensive transition and space for their teammates to exploit further afield.
In those 17 aforementioned starts together, Liverpool have conceded just six goals in that time and scored 43 – now to get them on the pitch together consistently!