Fabinho ‘set for talks with Liverpool over a new contract’ after cementing his position as a key player under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield
- Liverpool star Fabinho is set hold discussions over a new deal, reports claim
- The Brazilian has emerged as a key player under Jurgen Klopp in recent seasons
- He has become an option in defence after Virgil van Dijk’s season-ending injury
The Brazilian arrived from Monaco for around £40million in 2018 and while he was slowly integrated into the side, he has shown his importance to the team with his versatility and consistent displays.
He has recently filled in as a makeshift centre-back to cover for Virgil van Dijk, who is expected to miss the rest of the season after a horror injury in the Merseyside Derby, and he impressed at the back alongside Joe Gomez in the club’s 1-0 win over Ajax.
Liverpool star Fabinho is set to have talks over a contract extension, according to reports
The Brazilian has proven himself to be a key member of Jurgen Klopp’s side in recent seasons
And now the 27-year-old is set to hold talks with Liverpool chiefs over extending his current terms after proving himself to be crucial for the Premier League champions, as reported by ESPN.
Klopp will sleep a little easier knowing he has Fabinho ready to step in and help the defence when needed, and is keen to ensure he commits his future to the club beyond his remaining two years, the report adds.
He has featured in all five of the team’s Premier League games this season, starting four times and playing the full 90 minutes on all of those occasions.
Fabinho’s performances in defence have earned plaudits from team-mate Giorginio Wijnaldum, saying his versatility was ‘a good thing for the team’.
His versatility has bolstered Liverpool’s options in defence after the loss of Virgil van Dijk
‘Fabinho is a great centre-back. The games he has played there, you can see he is comfortable in that position and he has done well each time,’ said Wijnaldum.
‘We haven’t conceded any goals when he has played at centre-back, so that’s a good sign. It is great he can play in different positions and he is doing a good thing for the team.’
Fabinho played 41 times in his first season at the club, putting in some solid midfield displays and winning the Champions League in 2018-19, starting in the final in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Tottenham.
The following season he made 39 appearances, including 22 Premier League starts as he played a crucial role in their first title win in 30 years.