Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool's Fabinho

Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates with teammate Fabinho after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 2,...

Fabinho proved his versatility for Liverpool on Saturday.

Fabinho of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal with team mate Virgil van Dijk during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United at Anfield on...

Speaking to Liverpool's official website, Jurgen Klopp has praised the versatility of Fabinho.

Liverpool beat Brighton 1-0 away on Saturday to move seven points clear of Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

Mo Salah got the headlines for scoring the winning goal from the penalty spot, but the Reds' real heros were arguably at the other end of the pitch.

Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho were both brilliant in central defence but, considering the Brazilian is a midfielder by trade, extra credit must go to him.

 

Klopp was forced to play the former Monaco star as a makeshift centre-back due to a depleted list of options, with Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all injured.

But Fabinho, who expertly combated Glenn Murray, didn't look out of place in the slightest and one huge block to thwart Pascal Gross in the second period summed up his performance.

Klopp told Liverpool's website: "He’s a brilliant player and I was happy he could play today. It’s not that Brighton had one attack after the other – we had the ball most of the time so it makes sense to have a good footballer in that position.

"Brighton tried a little bit to bring the long balls to Murray and around him, which they did, by the way, against Joe Gomez in the home game as well.

"But he did well in these situations and with the ball. He has a defending brain and can do that in different positions. It’s good."

Andre Gomes of Everton runs with the ball under pressure from Fabinho of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 2, 2018 in...

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