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Fabinho has failed to nail down a permanent role at Liverpool.

Liverpool fan argues Fabinho should be starting every game after seeing his stats from the season

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It's fair to say Fabinho has had a relatively slow start to life at Liverpool.

A lot was expected of the Brazilian international after he made the £40 million move from Monaco to Liverpool this summer.

But he has not had the game time that many would have expected of him.

It took until October for Jurgen Klopp to give Fabinho his first minutes in the Premier League; coming off the bench against Huddersfield.

He has been more active in recent weeks, but he's still used in a rotation role at Anfield.

That's because Liverpool's midfield is packed. Klopp can only pick three of Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Xherdan Shaqiri, Naby Keita, James Milner and Jordan Henderson, meaning a couple of players will miss out each week.

But, should Fabinho play more?

Monday Night Football Extra provided some stats from Fabinho's performances this season and they look rather impressive.

It turns out that Fabinho is first among Liverpool players for tackles, interceptions, duels won and possession won in the final third.

The image has since been re-shared by a number of Liverpool fans, with @VintageSalah claiming that they state 'every reason why Fabinho should be starting every week.'

The image certainly shows that Fabinho is Liverpool's most capable defensive midfielder.

As well as Fabinho, Henderson and Wijnaldum have both been deployed as the defensive midfielder for Liverpool.

But Fabinho trumps their stats easily. It might be time that Klopp makes the Brazilian a mainstay in that position.

Fabinho commented earlier this week about how exceptional Liverpool fans are.

Jurgen Klopp has shown more faith in Fabinho in recent weeks

“I remember once with the national team, Philippe Coutinho was talking about the exceptional Liverpool fans," he told Liverpoolfc.com.

"But now that I’m living it week in and week out, the atmosphere in the stadium, the reaction of the fans to every victory - you can see how fanatical the supporters are and how much they love their team. They really make a difference.

“At the start of the season when I wasn’t playing as much and I was on the bench, especially in the first game, I was looking around the stadium all the time at the way the fans were reacting and I was really impressed by it all.

“The first Champions League night against PSG was amazing. The fans put on a show at every home game and it gives us an extra push when we play at Anfield.”

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