In a recent interview with Telefoot (via liverpoolfc.com), Liverpool midfielder Fabinho issued an update on the rehabilitation from his ankle ligament injury when he said, “My ankle is getting better, I trained by myself this week. I was working with the ball again. I feel good and confident.”
Fabinho’s Incredible Form For The Reds Prior To His Ankle Injury
Fabinho has missed out on a lot of football over the past few weeks since sustaining an ankle injury versus Napoli at Anfield in the UEFA Champions League group-stages back in November. The Brazilian talent has been a big miss as he started this campaign on fire and was arguably the best midfielder in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team.
The 26-year-old managed to put in several outstanding displays at the heart of the Liverpool midfield which has enhanced his reputation in European football. He has made 19 appearances for the Reds this term, scoring one goal while providing two assists in all competitions. However, the ex-AS Monaco sensation has had his fair share of disciplinary issues after he picked up six yellow cards so far in this campaign.
Fabinho has averaged 2.5 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 0.6 clearances, 0.6 shots, 0.9 key passes and 0.6 dribbles per game for the Merseyside outfit across all fronts (stats via whoscored). He has also earned nine international caps for the Brazilian national team but is yet to open his goal-scoring account for his nation.
What Does The Brazil International Add To Klopp’s First XI?
Fabinho is a tough-tacking midfielder who is not shy of getting stuck in with a few challenges to breakdown the rhythm of the opposition attacks. He excels at making vital interceptions for his side and has also shown that he has a wide range of passes in his locker this season. His high work-rate, creativity and overall, dominance at the centre of the park has added another dimension to Klopp’s starting XI at Anfield.
Fabinho’s Positive Update: Massive Boost For The Merseyside Giants?
Hence, the fact that Fabinho is now feeling better and is close to a first-team return will be a huge boost for the Reds heading into the business end of this campaign. With both Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum currently playing at a high level, the Brazilian’s reintroduction could help the European champions challenge for multiple trophies in the coming months.
However, it might take some time for Fabinho to get used to regular first-team football, but that shouldn’t be a worry considering the incredible depth of the Liverpool squad, especially in the midfield department.
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