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Fabinho: Why ankle injury will hurt Liverpool badly:

Liverpool sit top of the Premier League comfortably. 37 points out of 39, 8 points clear of Leicester in 2nd. The vast majority of people think the title race is done and dusted. That’s because the Reds just seem to keep winning, even though they’re not playing ‘well as such’. They have the mentality of champions and it’s showing. But now a spanner has been thrown in the works. A huge blow to their midfield with an injury to Fabinho.

Liverpool confirmed earlier that the Brazilian suffered ankle ligament damage against Napoli. An injury that will keep him out until 2020 and it will take potentially 8 weeks before he’s back. His presence in midfield has provided Klopp’s side with the solidity and aggression they need. It’s a massive loss, no question about it.

Fabinho – Excellent stats

This season in the top flight, the former Monaco midfielder has averaged 2.5 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game. Figures that are among the best in the league. His ability to break up play and nullify an attack is still so underrated. Moreover, an impressive 4.1 long balls per game enables Liverpool to transition quickly into attack and counter with such speed. You could argue he’s one of their most important players, because there’s no one who can come in for him and replace him in the squad. Stats courtesy of WhoScored.com

Fabinho

Fabinho of course scored a brilliant long range goal against Manchester City to give his side the lead. He’s such a well rounded player in the centre of the park and positional sense will be sorely missed by Klopp.

Will the Merseyside club be able to cope without him? That mentality is so strong and they always somehow find a way to win. However, I still think they will drop points in the next few weeks with the absence of the 26 year old. A testament to Fabinho’s importance to the side.

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