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Fabinho: Liverpool boss Klopp wants leaders to step up in Van Dijk absence

Fabinho admits Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is seeking "leadership" from his defensive players in the absence of Virgil van Dijk.

Speaking in an interview with UOL, Fabinho said he is still getting to grips with playing at the back - and explained exactly what Klopp has told him and the other defenders.

"It has become increasingly natural," Fabinho said of his new role.

"I already have some games in this position and some moves are getting more automatic. In terms of positioning, I'm getting better and better.

"This communication and leadership you notice mainly when he [Van Dijk] is not on the field. We have other communicative players, like Henderson and Milner, but the coach spoke with the backline and said that we had to learn.

"Maybe it is not my profile or Joe Gómez's, but we don't have to be afraid to work hard. Sometimes it's small things like a second ball, movement in pressure and reaction, things that help the midfielders. It's something I know I have to improve."

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