Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has today opened up on his difficult start to life at the club.
Liverpool’s latest midfield addition
Defensive midfielder Fabinho made the move to Anfield from Ligue 1 outfit Monaco back in May for an initial fee of around £40 million.
However, despite having been expected to slot into the Reds’ midfield with immediate effect, as Naby Keita managed, the Brazilian has struggled for game-time over the first few months of the campaign.
Fabinho has, however, been handed starts in all of Liverpool’s last 3 fixtures.
Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
The latest of these came on Saturday evening, when Jurgen Klopp’s men travelled to North London to take on Arsenal.
In the end, a pulsating affair at the Emirates saw the shares spoiled, in a 1-1 draw.
James Milner and Alexandre Lacazette bagged the goals on the day, with the likes of Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Virgil Van Dijk and more having impressed.
However, one player to have largely disappointed was Fabinho.
The South American looked off the pace and lacking in confidence throughout proceedings in the English capital, with some sections of home fans having even claimed that the midfielder should have seen red for a number of fouls:
Fabinho was lucky to not get a red. Shut up. Torreira dominated the midfield. Imagine if Fabinho was sent off🙈
— Alex Elliott (@YourBoiFC) November 4, 2018
Fabinho very lucky to not be sent off that game, Liverpool escaped quite a few yellows. #bbcfootball
— Joe (@Joe06491787) November 3, 2018
Xhaka outclassed Fabinho in every aspect. We dominated the midfield as a result. Fabinho should have been sent off too, he just could not live with our midfield. I don’t know what game you were watching. If this is your definition of Fabinho outplaying someone, he is a big flop. https://t.co/Kr0fiaRYzr
— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) November 4, 2018
‘Feeling well at the club’
As such, Fabinho was questioned on his latest showing in a Liverpool jersey, as well as his start to life on Merseyside, during an interview with Sky Sports earlier today.
And the 25-year-old revealed that, although the adaptation period has been a tough one, he feels he is on ‘the right track’ to fully settling into the rigours of the Premier League:
‘I’m not totally settled just yet.’
‘I’m still adapting to here but I believe that I’m now used to the football style, especially when it comes to the intensity of the game which is really different from the league that I came from.’
‘Also, I’m feeling well at the club. I can communicate well with my team-mates, even though my English isn’t great. The language barrier is one of the issues so far.’
‘Regarding the managers, I’m adapted to their training sessions and I’m comfortable with that. I’m now playing more regularly, which is also important.’
‘I’m on the right track to completely adapting to England.’