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Klopp Praises ‘Smart and Skilled’ Fabinho

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has praised midfielder Fabinho on the eve of his 50 th appearance for the club against Chelsea on Sunday.

The Brazilian had a slow start to life at Anfield, but has since flourished at the base of the Reds’ midfield trio.

Klopp says he is unsurprised by the player’s adaption, “That’s not a surprise as well, that’s why we signed him.

“He plays like he played at Monaco, but he needed time to adapt to the different rhythm and tempo in the league. That's it.

"But in the moment when that happened, when he got used to that, since then he can play like he plays because of his quality.

"A very smart footballer and, of course, really skilled in all defensive things. These individual defensive things are really difficult to learn.

"It's like if you have a sensational right foot or a sensational left foot for a specific shot, or if you have these skills in one-on-one situations – it's a skill and he used that pretty well.”

 
 

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