Garth Crooks comments on Liverpool duo Fabinho and Dejan Lovren

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Fabinho (C) celebrates with Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (L) and Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (R) after he scores their...

Liverpool won against Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend.

Fabinho of Liverpool and Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool FC at Molineux on December 21, 2018 in...

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks has praised Liverpool defensive midfielder Fabinho on BBC Sport for his performance against Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend.

Fabinho featured as a central defender during Liverpool’s 1-0 win against Brighton and Hove Albion away from home in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Brazil international, who can also operate as a right-back, formed a strong partnership with Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Reds’ defence.

According to WhoScored, the 25-year-old took one shot, had a pass accuracy of 85.5%, won four headers, and made one tackle, one interception and five clearances.

Former Tottenham forward Crooks was impressed with the performance of Fabinho, and he has also suggested that 29-year-old central defender Dejan Lovren’s days at Liverpool are numbered.

Dejan Lovren of Liverpool lunges in to tackle Sergio Aguero of Man City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on January 3, 2019 in...

Crooks wrote on BBC Sport about Fabinho: “This player has become a far more important addition to the Liverpool set-up than I first realised. The Brazilian enforcer looks better at centre-back than he does in midfield.

“At least that's how it appeared against a Brighton side who made life difficult for the league leaders but struggled to really hurt them. When there was the slightest threat, Fabinho snuffed it out.

“His positioning throughout the match was quite impressive. Any more displays like that and Dejan Lovren might have to start looking for new employers.”

Dejan Lovren’s future

Lovren is not playing regularly for Liverpool this season, and if Fabinho can flourish at centre-back, then it is only going to further diminish the chances of Croatia international.

While it is hard to see Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp sell the former Southampton defender in the January transfer window, he could decide to let him leave in the summer of 2019.

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Fabinho (C) celebrates with Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (L) and Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (R) after he scores their...

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