Fabinho was left out of Liverpool’s last Premier League match because he was one game away from a suspension as he is available now for the Manchester City clash this afternoon.
Phil Thomspon has been left perplexed at the criticism aimed towards Liverpool midfielder Fabinho by former Republic of Ireland international Kenny Cunningham.
The former Irish player stated that Fabinho ‘doesn’t sense danger’, ‘lacks alertness’ and doesn’t have the ‘leg power’ to play the holding role from a defensive standpoint, as posted on Off the Ball’s official YouTube account.
Brazil international Fabinho is regarded as one of the best number 6’s, not just in the Premier League, but in Europe, at this moment in time.
Speaking to Off the Ball’s official YouTube account, Anfield legend Thompson has admitted that he has been ‘wound up’ by Cunningham’s comments as he hit back at the Irishman.
“I’m laughing so much,” Thompson told Off the Ball. “Oh my goodness. I’m sorry I didn’t get it. Kenny Cunningham, did you finish a Barcelona coach or a Real Madrid coach?
“He has obviously picked out a few incidents there and I do take it he has done his homework. But this is a guy Fabinho, who has probably been rated as the best holding midfield player in the country – but Fabinho has been absolutely outstanding.
“I think Kenny is looking for a bit of wind up of Liverpool fans and he certainly he has got me wound up.”
Last Saturday, Liverpool left it late to secure a dramatic three points against Aston Villa, with Fabinho left on the bench by his manager.
He was one yellow away from being suspended and with the Manchester City game in sight, Jurgen Klopp simply couldn’t risk him.
In the end, it has proven to be the right call because he is now fit and ready to be part of the Liverpool XI that will take on Premier League title rivals Manchester City on Sunday at Anfield.