Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has discussed his role as Jurgen Klopp’s midfield enforcer.
Despite a slow start to life in the Premier League, being forced to wait 152 days to make his league debut as he was allowed time to bed into the side, the Brazil international has gone on to make a huge impression at Anfield since joining from Monaco in 2018, establishing himself as a key figure in an anchor role at the base of the Liverpool midfield.
The 25-year-old has been discussing his ‘important role’ in the Liverpool side, the midfielder providing a defensive screen to allow the club’s attacking players to flourish.
“We have our goalscorers in attack, so I try to do my bit defending and distributing,” Fabinho told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I’ve always liked to play in this position,” he added. “You get to participate a lot in the game and have an important role in the creation of play. On the defensive side of things, you have to be very alert to help the team.
“I try to remain calm with the ball at my feet, though not letting the calmness become slowness. I try to control the game.
“The style of our team is intensity – we try and apply maximum speed and pressure, that’s what we work towards. That’s why the group are always so well prepared physically to impose this rhythm in games.
“I can’t be left behind, you have to keep up with the rhythm of my teammates and maintain the high speed, pressure and intensity. That’s what I always aim to do.”