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Liverpool ace Fabinho: Klopp and Van Dijk coaching me as centre-half for 2 years

Fabinho says he's happy playing at centre-half for Liverpool.

The Brazil midfielder has been filling in at centre-half in the absence of knee injury victims Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. And it's a position he and manager Jurgen Klopp have been considering since 2018.

"Back then the coach saw the need for someone to be available so I started working on that position, getting used to it, working with potential partners," Fabinho revealed to the Daily Mail.

"We had three centre backs at the time so it was all just a test for me, just to be prepared. The coach had identified that there could be a need further down the line.

"So when I came in I felt good and comfortable and over time it's got easier. When Virgil got injured I expected to come in as centre-back and even the other players were joking. They were saying: 'Fabinho the defender is back, he is here'.

"Yes I was nervous at first but I think I have grown in to it."

Fabinho also said: "Virgil is the one player you don't want or expect to be injured.

"Last season he played in all 38 league games. He is never tired, never injured and the one you can always rely on. He really is the leader and when you lose someone of those qualities it's a great shock.

"We were just shaking our heads at the time and didn't want to admit it was true. I remembering hearing the news reports and hoping they were false."

Fabinho also revealed: "When I first came to Liverpool I identified the areas that I needed to improve and I watched Joel Matip a lot in terms of defending.

"I have talked and learned from him. But then this season at Chelsea I played in defence with Virgil at Chelsea and he gave me pointers about positioning and things.

"Immediately after his injury he didn't say too much but after a few games he sent me a message congratulating me and saying I was playing well. That was great to hear.

"Now I just want to be able to watch his game and pick up things I should be doing, particularly the passes he makes. I would like to do that.

"He is the best in his position so it's important that I look to his game."

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