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Journalist speaks out about Fabinho after reports he could leave Liverpool already

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The jury is still out when it comes to Fabinho at Liverpool.

The first signing of a busy summer at Anfield, there were high hopes that the Monaco man could be a serious asset for the Reds' midfield in their bid for Premier League glory.

He carried an impressive reputation on the continent and looked to have both the physicality and experience to make a smooth transition to English football.

No less than five months into his spell at the club, though, and Fabinho's performances have left a lot to be desired with Jurgen Klopp limiting his game-time.

The Brazilian became a particular topic of conversation during the 1-1 draw with Arsenal, where he looked a weak point in the Liverpool midfield.

Fabinho struggling to impress

It certainly wasn't a showing that would have Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, James Milner and others worrying about their places in the starting XI.

In fact, concerns about Fabinho reached such a point that the latest international break saw rumours that he could be sold by Liverpool already.

Pretty major speculation and it's certainly caused speculation in the Premier League community with Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce feeling it necessary to clear things up.

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Journalist addresses Fabinho reports

In a recent article, Pearce not only shed new information but spoke perfect sense about the Fabinho project at the club.

He wrote this week: "Klopp has been left baffled by reports that Fabinho's stay at Anfield could be terminated after just five months. There's been speculation about Juventus and AC Milan vying for his services.

"The £43.7million summer signing from Monaco is going nowhere. The reality is that Klopp believes Fabinho is just starting to blossom after a difficult start.

"The manager always knew that the Brazil international would need time to adjust to Liverpool's style and the pace of English football.

"He didn't make his Premier League debut until mid-October and then two impressive shifts against Red Star Belgrade and Cardiff City were followed by a tough night at Arsenal.

"Fabinho missed out in Belgrade but was back in the starting line up for the 2-0 win over Fulham and did well alongside Gini Wijnaldum. He has learned not to play so deep and to move the ball quicker. His 6ft 2ins frame provides an injection of steel.

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"Patience has been required but slowly it's paying off. Like Naby Keita, Fabinho was bought for the long-term. Neither of the new boys have hit top form yet but Klopp is convinced their influence will grow over the coming weeks.

"Klopp is focused on getting more out of what he's already got than casting admiring glances elsewhere."

In summary, be patient and Fabinho's quality should shine through.

There have been flashes of what the midfield has to offer in recent games and fans should seek confidence in the fact that, so far, Klopp has been absolutely spot on.

Do you think Fabinho will come good in the Premier League? Have your say in the comments section below.

Topics:
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Naby Keita
Fabinho Henrique Tavares
Georginio Wijnaldum
Jurgen Klopp
Premier League
James Milner
Liverpool

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