Liverpool’s midfield issues have been highlighted time and time again this term as they have become a team that are being run in midfield, rather than them doing the running.
Brazilian holding midfield Fabinho has been the main culprit of the criticism as his form has, of late, not been up to the levels we know the one-time Real Madrid man is capable of.
Former Chelsea and Tottenham defender Jason Cundy told talkSPORT that the club should look to part company with the once-brilliant midfield man.
A season or two ago, Fabinho was the string-puller in the centre of the park for Klopp and would have swiftly dismissed any claims of his performance plummet.
The seasoned midfielder, now 29, is starting to show the deafening signs of wear and tear of playing at the top of the tree for so many years – just like other members of Klopp’s squad.
“His form, over the last 12 months, has rapidly declined,” Cundy stated.
“I saw him tonight, and there’s a couple of challenges he’s putting in now (where) he’s getting caught. He’s starting to look like a massive problem in the middle of the park. Maybe not tonight but, overall, his drop-off…”
The £40m Monaco signing lit up the Liverpool camp and surged their status in Europe, so supporters should not forget his importance to the Red’s success over the years.
In Fabinho’s defence, Liverpool’s recent domestic improvement has been spurred on by the central midfielder as Klopp’s side have amassed four straight clean sheets with the Brazilian playing his part in four of those.
On the contrary, he would have been counting his lucky stars that he was not ushered off for an early shower against Wolves, similarly against Brighton in the FA Cup when he was fortunate to avoid a red card for his encounter with Mario Lemina.
This season has supporters debating whether Fabinho is fighting for a future place in this Liverpool set-up and whether his best days are slowly falling behind him.