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When Fabinho went down holding his ankle in Liverpool’s game against Napoli last Wednesday, Liverpool collectively held their breath in the hopes that he would pop straight back up. Two days later, it was confirmed by the club that the Brazilian would be out until the new year. Due to Fabinho’s quality, this is obviously a big blow at a busy time fixtures wise, and so it begs it the question of how Liverpool can deal with Fabinho’s absence. In this tactical analysis, I’ll answer that question and show how Liverpool will adapt to the absence of Fabinho, by looking at Liverpool’s upcoming fixtures and assessing their midfield options.

The requirements of a six within Liverpool’s system

This section of the analysis could also have been titled what are Fabinho’s main strengths, and Liverpool’s other midfield options possess some of these requirements but lack others as we will discuss. Therefore, Klopp must select which player operates at the six based on the game and the playing style of the opposition, as different opposition playing styles will change the requirements of the six slightly and prioritise certain skills.

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