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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp provided a new-look midfield for the Genk clash in the Champions League.
Klopp played with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Fabinho in midfielder as they beat Genk with a 4-1 score.
“The Genk game was a good example of how important he is. Very!” Klopp said. “It was clear it was not perfectly tuned, with Naby and Ox playing. They didn’t play a lot together in this formation. Fab had a lot to do to sort some little gaps that we left open. The job of the 6 in modern football is incredibly important, and the more offensive the players around you are, the more important it gets.
“But he is not only a gap closer and a challenger, but he is also a very good footballer as well. I am sure the next player who signs and isn’t playing from the first minute, we will have the same conversation. You will ask me why he isn’t playing, does he need time, all that stuff. I will remind you then that Fabinho needed time!
“In the beginning, I thought we had to change the system to a double 6 midfield which he was used to at Monaco, but now he plays, well in that [Genk] game he played as pretty much the only midfielder in some moments! He needed time and hopefully, at 26, he has more proper years to come. He can improve, it’s all good. So far he did really well.”