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Liverpool Planning To Offer This Versatile Midfielder A New Contract: A No-Brainer For Klopp?

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In a recent report, The Guardian has claimed that Liverpool are planning to offer Fabinho a new contract as they consider him as one of the “untouchables” following his incredible career at Anfield so far. It is understood that the Reds are looking to begin negotiations with the Brazilian midfielder over a lucrative new deal to extend his stay at Merseyside beyond the summer of 2023 (via The Guardian).

Fabinho’s Excellent Form For Liverpool This Season

Fabinho has enjoyed another solid season under Jurgen Klopp’s stewardship despite missing out on a few games due to a hamstring injury. He has lately been deployed as a centre-half after the long-term injuries to Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez. To his credit, the Brazilian sensation has shown outstanding versatility to give a good account of himself alongside Joel Matip at the heart of the Liverpool defence.

The 27-year-old has participated in 15 matches for the Reds this term, picking up one assist and one yellow card across all fronts. The ex-Monaco talent has done remarkably well to find consistency with his defensive contributions this season as he is averaging 2.2 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 2.7 clearances per 90 minutes in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League group stages. He has even distributed the ball accurately after making 90.8% of his attempted passes in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).

Liverpool planning to offer Fabinho a new contract (Fabinho is seen defending in the picture)
Everton’s English striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin (C) heads the ball wide of goal as he gets challenged by Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Fabinho (R) during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north-west England on June 21, 2020. (Photo by JON SUPER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Fabinho is currently one of the first names in Klopp’s team sheet every week, which highlights his growing influence at Anfield over the past 18 months. At the moment, he is playing some of the best football of his career, so it is no surprise to see the Reds planning on securing his long-term future at Merseyside.

What Does The Brazilian Sensation Offer On The Field?

Fabinho has excellent defensive awareness to snuff out the danger quickly and nip them in the bud. He is proficient at timing his challenges to perfection that allows him to win possession back for his team. The 12-time Brazilian international is also not afraid to put his foot through the ball to make a clearance when needed. He can even strike the ball with a lot of venom that makes him such a potent goal-threat from long range.

Liverpool Planning To Offer Fabinho A New Deal: A No-Brainer For Klopp?

The Reds need to keep hold of their best players if they are to build a dynasty under Klopp’s stewardship in the coming years. Fabinho is undeniably one of the players they cannot afford to lose in the future. At 27, he still has plenty of years left in his locker to play his best football. Hence, it is a no-brainer for the Merseyside giants to give Fabinho a well-deserved pay-rise soon and extend his current deal in the process.

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