Fabinho explains what Liverpool have ‘missed’ this season

Fabinho has admitted that Liverpool have “lost a bit of leadership” this season, but is happy to have Virgil van Dijk back in the squad after returning from a hamstring injury.

The Dutchman has been sidelined since suffering an injury in a 3-1 defeat to Brentford in early January, but is back in Jürgen Klopp’s starting line-up in yesterday’s 2-0 defeat to Newcastle. bottom.

A clean sheet at St James’ Park after a 2-0 win over Everton on Monday night means the Reds have kept a clean sheet in the league for the first time since October.

“I think at times during the season we missed a little bit of leadership on the pitch,” Fabinho told Stadium Astro (via Rousing The Kop).

“Virgil is one of the leaders of this group and so is Jordan Henderson – James Milner [too].

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“It’s always important to have these players on the pitch. They talk loudly, they talk to the team, they try to hold the team together.

“Virgil, he’s the best center half in the world. He’s really important to us. Set pieces, he wins almost every ball all the time.

“Yes, I am very happy that he is back and playing at this level.”

Our No. 4 may not have been at their best so far this season, but they’re a much weaker team when he’s not playing.

His presence and leadership at the heart of our defense has built much of our success in recent years, and his return to fitness comes at just the right time.

Fabinho’s performances have also improved in recent weeks after a slow start to the campaign and will need another great performance against Real Madrid on Tuesday night.

Darwin Nunez appeared to have suffered a shoulder injury during a matchup in the Northeast, but Luis Diaz is set to return next month and Klopp now appears to have many options around the park. is.

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