Fabinho: Best is yet to come
Liverpool midfielder Fabinho could be set to make his fourth successive start for the Reds tonight, when they take on Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League. The 25-year-old was one of a host of exciting new players to arrive on Merseyside over the summer, but initially found chances hard to come by under Jurgen Klopp. Fabinho has now opened up about his progress in the Premier League, claiming that he is “on the right track to completely adapt to England”.
Having seemingly patched up their defensive frailties with the purchase of Virgil van Dijk last season, Liverpool turned towards improving their midfield over the summer, bringing in the likes of Naby Keita, Fabinho, and Xherdan Shaqiri. Both Keita and Shaqiri have seen plenty of action since the start of the season, yet Fabinho, a player considered by many to be one of the most promising talents in the world, has taken a little longer to acclimate to the fast paced, physical nature of the Premier League. Over the last few weeks however, the Brazilian has been a regular starter for Liverpool, making an impact in their recent 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
Ahead of tonight's match between Liverpool and Red Star Belgrade, Fabinho has opened up about his time on Merseyside, admitting that he is still yet to truly settle in an Anfield.
“I'm still adapting to here but I believe that I'm now used to the football style, especially when it comes to the intensity of the game which is really different from the league that I came from.” said Fabinho. “Also, I'm feeling well at the club. I can communicate well with my team-mates, even though my English isn't great. The language barrier is one of the issues so far.
“Regarding the managers, I'm adapted to their training sessions and I'm comfortable with that. I'm now playing more regularly, which is also important.
“I'm on the right track to completely adapting to England.”
Liverpool have won two and lost one of their Champions League matches so far this season, and currently sit top of Group C on six points. The Reds claimed an emphatic 4-0 victory over Red Star in their last European match, thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane.
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