Jurgen Klopp claims it could take Fabinho six months to adapt to Liverpool

Adaption process underway at Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has claimed that it could take summer signing Fabinho up to six months to truly adapt to Liverpool’s style of football.

The Brazilian signed for the Reds in a big money deal from Monaco but he has not had the desired effect just yet.

That is because he has hardly featured, playing in only one game and that was as an 89th-minute substitute in the Champions League.

Now, Jurgen Klopp has claimed it could be a while before Liverpool fans see the best of Fabinho.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 20: Fabinho of Liverpool arrives ahead of the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park on August 20, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

It’ll take time for Fabinho

The German boss has explained that it simply comes down to him getting used to the brand of football but all players go through that period.

“It’s not different between him and other players,” Klopp explained, as quoted by the Independent. 

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“It’s really not complicated, he just needs to get used to it.

“It’s about positioning, it’s about reaction, about spaces defensively, closing them, offensively using them.

“It’s a football team with a specific way of playing.

“It needs time, and they were all used to other football teams. So you have natural runs in a team.”

 

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Timeframe

“There’s no time to say ‘I give you that, or that’, but it will happen,” he continued.

“Because the game is so quick and intense, it needs to get natural.

“It’s not about changing these players, we want their football personality. They are here because of what they did.

“Three or five weeks sound like a long time in football, but to improve something you can give half a year, to really make the next step. That’s it.”

 

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Dejan Lovren’s return & Fabinho’s 1st start: Liverpool vs Chelsea probable lineups

Despite Klopp’s comments, Fabinho could be set for a start this evening.

That is because there have been suggestions he could start against Chelsea.

Click here to see those suggestions.