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Balance The Key to Home Form, Says Fabinho

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho says good balance between defence and attack is the reason for the Reds’ peerless home form. They haven’t lost a league game at Anfield in two years.

The last team to beat them at home, Crystal Palace, visit Merseyside this weekend. Fabinho thinks a deft balance between defence and attack explains their resilience at Anfield.

“Liverpool are really consistent and defensively sound. We’re a team that attacks, we’ve always got a lot of numbers in the opposition half.

“When it comes to a player putting a cross in, there are always lots of bodies in the opposition box for us. And despite not being a defensive-minded team, we’re always ready to go on the counter-attack, our system is set up for that.

“The team is going through a great patch, every player’s confidence is sky high, and all of this has contributed to the team’s good form.”

The Brazilian says the patience they showed in last weekend’s 1-0 win at Brighton will be required again against Roy Hodgson’s side on Saturday.

“Brighton put a lot of men behind the ball, so we had to be patient and try to work hard to find an opening to split the defence and get the ball to our forwards.

“It was difficult but when we got behind them we managed to cause them problems. Perhaps the game this weekend will be similar in this regard.

“We’ve got to be patient and not squander possession with silly passes. We’ve got to play on the attack and try to get through their defence but while being patient, knowing if we get the ball to our attackers they can cause a lot of damage to the opponent.”


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