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Amidst exit rumours, Liverpool must hold onto their £43.7m new signing and give him enough time to settle down

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Why Liverpool should hold onto Fabinho and give him more time

According to the Mirror, Liverpool are ready to offload new signing Fabinho after the Brazilian’s slow start to life at Merseyside. The report suggests that the Reds are in pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic, who will cost the club at least £70million.

Though Liverpool are in need of an attacking midfielder, they must definitely keep hold of the £43.7m Fabinho at the moment. The Brazilian took time to settle into Klopp’s system and didn’t receive any sort of game time. He didn’t even make the matchday squad.

But his first game came against Chelsea in the League Cup and the former Monaco midfielder looked defensively very fruitful. He did make a slow and nervy start to the game but soon grew into it and looked defensively astute, winning most of his tackles and personal duels.

Fabinho made a total of 4 successful tackles, which was the most by any Liverpool player on the night. He also made 1 interception and 1 crucial clearance in the final third. Though Klopp’s men lost the game on the night, Liverpool’s new signing made a positive start. (Stats courtesy – Whoscored)

The former Monaco midfielder has since gone on to make regular appearances for the Reds. Though his defensive ability is impressive, Fabinho is easily beaten when it comes to pace. The Brazilian looks slow in tracking back and often has trouble catching up a player who is a yard ahead.

While his Brazil teammate Fernandinho continues to thrive in the Premier League at such a ripe age, Liverpool’s Brazilian certainly needs more time. It’s not a wonder that Klopp has eased the new signing into the matchday squad.

But Liverpool shouldn’t take such drastic steps to offload the Brazilian so soon. He might have looked slightly off the pace but he has surely got the potential to get better. Fabinho’s passing and quick distribution were impressive as well.

The Brazilian has averaged an 87.1% pass success rate in the Champions League while also boasting 85.9% in the Premier League this term. There’s surely more to come from the 25-year-old and Klopp certainly isn’t the kind of manager who loses trust in his players in such a short period. (Stats courtesy – Whoscored)

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Liverpool should definitely hold onto Fabinho at the moment and give him more time to prove himself. They may need a creative midfielder at the moment but Klopp should try and find an alternative route to fund the transfer. There are other fringe players that Liverpool can offload.