Jurgen Klopp explains why he is not picking Liverpool summer signing Fabinho

Former Monaco star Fabinho, who joined the Reds in July for a fee of around £40million

Jurgen Klopp explains why he is not picking Liverpool summer signing Fabinho

Former Monaco star Fabinho, who joined the Reds in July for a fee of around £40million

26 September 2018 Wednesday 17:00
Jurgen Klopp explains why he is not picking Liverpool summer signing Fabinho

Jurgen Klopp says summer signing Fabinho is still adapting to Liverpool’s style of play.

Former Monaco star Fabinho, who joined the Reds in July for a fee of around £40million, is yet to start a game for his new club.

The Brazilian’s one solitary appearance so far this season came from the bench in Liverpool’s victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Asked about Fabinho’s development at Anfield, Klopp said: "It’s not different between him and other players. It’s really not complicated, only you need to get used to it.

"It’s about positioning, it’s about reaction, it’s about spaces – defensively, closing them; offensively, use them. It’s a football team with a specific way of playing.

"That always needs time and they were all used to other football teams. So, you have natural runs in a team.

"A very famous movement at Liverpool was Phil Coutinho: half-left, inside, nice shot. For this one, to make it really difficult to defend, you needed somebody for overlapping so that one defender is busy.

"Things like that, only to explain a little bit. That’s completely normal.

"It’s always different but it will happen because it’s not really difficult, it’s only because the game is so quick and so intense, it needs to get natural."

Klopp says all of his summer signings deserve to be at Liverpool and that it can take a while to adjust to the demands of a new team.

"At the end, it’s not about changing these players or changing their football personality,’ the German boss added.

Fabinho is still awaiting his full Liverpool debut (Picture: Getty)

"They are here because they did what they did. But now we have to work on that it fits. Three, four, five weeks only in football sounds like a really long period.

"Otherwise, you would always say to improve something give it half a year or whatever to really make the next step in your career. That’s it, nothing else."

Liverpool begin their Carabao Cup campaign against Chelsea on Wednesday night and Klopp expects a tough encounter with Maurizio Sarri’s side.

The Blues currently sit third in the Premier League having dropped their first points of the season last weekend at West Ham.

"It is quite impressive what he [Sarri] did in that short period," Klopp said.

"They developed a lot, they changed a lot.

"They were very successful with [Antonio] Conte, it was a really successful time; last year was maybe a bit of a difficult year. So, changing it that much is cool.

"It’s impressive, I cannot say differently, it’s really impressive what he did so far."

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