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Fabinho is going to Madrid

We don’t know whether he will start of course. But I think he will and I, at least, hope he will.

I wonder what the lad is thinking now. He probably had a certain idea of what it might mean to play for Liverpool, to play under Jurgen Klopp, to play at Anfield. Long gone are the days when the only thing Brazilians knew about Merseyside football was that Pele got kicked off the park there during the 1966 World Cup and that Flamengo once beat Liverpool FC in a World Club Championship in Tokyo. We’ve had a few illustrious Brazilian footballers wearing the famous Red now and Anfield – or “This is Anfield” as the ground seems increasingly to be known around the world – is now considered a premium destination for any Brazilian footballer with his aims set on the highest peaks.

On Day One though Fabinho might have been excused for thinking he’d bitten off more than he could chew. He was part of that group of first-team squad members who’d assembled at Melwood while the World Cup was still going on, and after a few peremptory hand-shakes of welcome for the new guy  - they do it differently at showbiz outfits like PSG and Barcelona – Fabinho was being kitted out for a lactate test. The drill, a Klopp speciality designed to measure aerobic endurance, involves increasingly quick 400 metre laps of the Melwood playing fields, with a blood test administered on each player after each round. After each round the unfittest player drops out leaving, eventually, a ‘last man standing’. James Milner won that, hands down, while Adam Lallana was runner up. No surprises there. But Fabinho was first to fall, and if you look at his face as his body folds and seeks the shade it reminds you of those Don McCullin portraits of battle-fatigued American GIs in Vietnam who’d spent too much time at Khe Sanh.   

Welcome to Klopp’s Liverpool – and welcome to the Premier League.

Clearly what happened next, and what Liverpool’s scouting department expected to happen, is that Fabinho knuckled down, redoubled his efforts and dedicated himself to becoming competitive. It took a fair amount of time. Throughout autumn there were noises that Fabinho wasn’t going to cut it. Unlike the other new boy, Keita, he wasn’t featuring in the starting eleven and he wasn’t making many appearances from the bench either. The fella wasn’t injured. He just wasn’t ready for the demands that Liverpool wished to place on him. When he eventually got a start it was in a double pivot alongside Gini Wijnaldum who curbed his own attacking instincts to sit alongside Fab - in a home game too! We won. Fabinho did well.

This isn’t what Klopp wanted in the long term though and he made a point of saying so in the after-match interviews. The team had had to adapt to accommodate the Brazilian midfielder. If Fabinho was to have a future playing for Liverpool, however, it was clear he was going to have to do the accommodating. We play with a single pivot, not a double. Fabinho was on probation. He needed to step up.

Like thousands, maybe millions, of other Reds I was desperate for him to succeed. It was clear, even as he was adapting to the new environment, that he had something we needed – something that we were missing last season, especially in the European Cup Final against Real Madrid. Most of us had got used to calling this missing thing a “Number Six.” That’s to say someone who read play well, anticipated problems before they happened, covered ground quickly and snuffed out counter-attacks before they’d achieved real momentum.  But also someone who, at Number Six, injected pace into our game when faced by a wall of eleven opponents. Last season showed us we needed a player in that role who was able to collect passes from the defence, turn so smoothly that you didn't even notice the turn, and get Liverpool on the front foot quickly.

Fabinho has done that. He’s done it in spades. We are a far better team because of it.

By early winter his appearances were becoming more frequent. By the turn of the New Year it was a little bit distressing – to me anyway – when his name wasn’t in the starting eleven. His passing had become penetrative – some of the passes fired like arrows to the attacking trident as if he were channelling the spirit of Xabi Alonso, some floated delicately and seductively beyond the opponents’ defence for our front-line speedsters to chase, and some whacked with curve and bend from one side of the pitch to the other. He was also giving us an extra aerial authority in defence, something we’d lacked since Lucas Leiva had taken the slow boat to Italy. And then he started to unveil the telescopic leg – or the “gadget leg” as Joel Matip recently called it. Strictly speaking the telescopic leg should probably be illegal, since it involves a mechanical contrivance attached to the human body which allows the player to extend his limb up to three feet further than he would do if unaided. Numerous tackles have been made by Fabinho this season using this artificial mechanical device and until the Premier League, or UEFA, is able to come up with photographic evidence that the Devil is at work, our Number Six will continue to do it.

Messi felt the power of the telescopic leg minutes into the second (unextended) leg at Anfield. Instead of powering his way into the Kop goalmouth with the ball stuck to his left foot, as he’d wanted to, Messi struck the deck instead. Fab’s gadget had nicked it away. And then Andy Roberston ran past the prone Messi, rearranged his hairstyle, and shouted “Telescopic fucking leg mate.” No wonder Messi was confused.   

The other thing that Matip said about Fabinho after this game was that there were times when he thought there were three of them on the pitch. When I read that my mind cast back to that first day at Melwood. The exhausted lad in the shadows had emerged into sunlight. Not to a put a too fine a point on it, it might be said that in closing Messi out of the game, he had even managed to eclipse the sun.

We needed Fabinho that night. We needed all our players of course. But we especially needed him. A destroyer and a creator. Not two separate players. Just one.

So what does it mean to play for Liverpool, under Klopp, at Anfield? The answer to all those questions could be seen on Fabinho’s face as he stood in front of the Spion Kop and joined teammates, stadium and Jurgen himself in a chorus of You’ll Never Walk Alone. If you’ve not seen the video, check it out. And look for Fabinho.

He’s going to Madrid.
« Last Edit: May 28, 2019, 08:46:21 AM by JerseyKloppite »
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Re: Fabinho is going to Madrid.
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2019, 12:26:41 AM »
Great ode to a great player!

I didn't know much about this lad before he joined us, but had full faith in Klopp's judgement. It's definitely been vindicated. His 'telescopic leg' is phenomenal. He's going to be a stalwart for us for a while to come.

And watching him sing along to YNWA was magical. If he wasn't already won over before that, he's a keeper now.


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Re: Fabinho is going to Madrid.
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2019, 02:13:59 AM »
did you just write a poem or something

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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2019, 02:20:26 AM »
Forgot we signed him basically right after the final. Was it the 27th or 28th? No later than that surely. I think he's the key on Saturday. Not as if our hopes solely lie on him of course but if he's on his game I can see us taking control of it in the middle and we should, all things considered, be alright. Bring it home son.
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2019, 03:02:05 AM »
Nice one :)

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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2019, 06:15:46 AM »
That was a good read. Fabinho fills up a place in my mind to some extent which was vacant ever since Xabi went to Madrid. Different players, but similar calming presence on me.
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Re: Fabinho is going to Madrid.
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2019, 06:23:48 AM »
Fab read on Fabinho!
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Re: Fabinho is going to Madrid.
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2019, 06:44:43 AM »
Great read Yorky!  Thanks for that.  Really positive to see the way the lad ( and his missus mind!) seem to have both made an effort to get to understand the club,  its soul and its history .

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Re: Fabinho is going to Madrid.
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2019, 06:59:08 AM »
Cracking piece of writing and a worthy reminder of the the value of patience. When a player takes a while to settle we all tend to panic a bit, and then when they do succeed we tend to forget that it took time for them to adjust. That’s three, maybe four now: Robertson, Ox, Fabinho and latterly Naby, all players who have taken time to adjust and then delivered. Like Lucas before him, Fab just feels absolutely crucial to us now, a wonderful player.
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Re: Champions League Final 2019: Fabinho is going to Madrid.
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2019, 09:02:25 AM »
nice post, real key player for us. Looking at things now, I genuinely believed (before they signed) that  Fabinho and VVD would be targets for most top clubs especially city, and i dread to think how strong that would have made them. So glad they signed for us. He has grew into his role and this team.

To all those shouts about telescopic legs, didn't Dhalsim have some form of stretched punch kick movement on street fighter?

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Re: Champions League Final 2019: Fabinho is going to Madrid.
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2019, 09:49:49 AM »
he's a keeper now.

No, he's a midfielder.

Actually, one thing forgotten was his impressive appearance at centre-back against Brighton.
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Re: Champions League Final 2019: Fabinho is going to Madrid.
« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2019, 10:01:02 AM »
No, he's a midfielder.

Actually, one thing forgotten was his impressive appearance at centre-back against Brighton.
And the first leg against Bayern Munich.

Great piece as per usual Yorky.

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Re: Champions League Final 2019: Fabinho is going to Madrid.
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2019, 12:02:35 PM »
“Telescopic fucking leg mate.” You nutter  :) One of the funniest reads of all time. Great way to start the day, thank you.

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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2019, 12:07:42 PM »
A real crescendo of a season, one of those players that when you see him live he is even better. Think Madrid is a real chance for him to shine, absolutely has the ability to boss this game.
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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2019, 12:08:12 PM »
No, he's a midfielder.

Actually, one thing forgotten was his impressive appearance at centre-back against Brighton.
He's actually got the perfect attributes for a centre back, too. If we happened to somehow find someone even better in the '6' role than him then he'd very probably become our 2nd best in due course.

It's wonderful to have such versatility and intelligence in the squad, and it also makes a massive difference to someone like Matip, in that when he drives, or rather glides, forward with the ball then in Fabinho there's a player with not just the game intelligence but the physical attributes to not just cover that gap but actually fill that hole completely.

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« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2019, 12:12:37 PM »
Go go gadget leg!

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« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2019, 12:14:45 PM »

'Telescopic fucking leg mate'

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« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2019, 12:15:51 PM »
Lovely.

As he channels the spirit of Xabi Alonso, you seem to have done a similar number on Henry Winter.

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« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2019, 12:17:17 PM »
Good read, Yorky.

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« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2019, 12:40:57 PM »
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« Reply #20 on: May 28, 2019, 12:49:31 PM »
did you just write a poem or something

He did, and it is titled: "An Ode to Fab's Gadget"
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« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2019, 01:56:52 PM »
Excellent read Yorky - you should write for the telly or something ;D
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« Reply #22 on: May 28, 2019, 10:38:41 PM »
No chance in hell Fabinho will not start Yorky. He is the destroyer in chief bar none
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« Reply #23 on: May 28, 2019, 10:46:57 PM »
No, he's a midfielder.

Actually, one thing forgotten was his impressive appearance at centre-back against Brighton.
He also deputized for Virgil vs Bayern at home for that clean sheet
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« Reply #24 on: May 28, 2019, 11:32:03 PM »
Go go gadget leg. Great read Yorky - cheers

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« Reply #25 on: May 29, 2019, 12:01:19 AM »
Before I read this... saw a post from someone recently who sort of wondered whether Fabinho would start. Not nailed on was the air anyway. When you think of our possible line ups etc... you don't debate the keeper obv, and you don't debate VVD and you dont doubt Robbo and I don't doubt Trent... and front 3 you've got lined up.. but first name on team sheet is Fabinho.

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« Reply #26 on: May 29, 2019, 12:12:30 AM »
Didn't know too much about him before he came other than he was instrumental at Monaco and came with a solid price tag. Saw him at a pre season friendly and thought... he'll need time this fella if you're going by recent history. He disappeared... but he was always someone to look forward to. And he's delivered in spades. Will never be as good as Naby in the number 6 role but he's been imperious.

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« Reply #28 on: May 29, 2019, 03:50:53 AM »
Lovely way to deal with the insomnia. :)

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« Reply #29 on: May 29, 2019, 08:48:22 AM »
Absolutely has to start the final for me. I’d have Henderson and Gini either side. Possibly harsh on Milner but he’s a very versatile sub to have and you know he’s going to make an impact when coming on too.

Wasn’t sure about Fabinho when he signed. Knew very little and he didn’t start great but what a beast he’s turned into. First name on the midfield for me.
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« Reply #30 on: May 29, 2019, 08:50:22 AM »
Lovely way to deal with the insomnia. :)

I’m not sure how to take that Roy.  ;D
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« Reply #31 on: May 29, 2019, 08:54:09 AM »
I’m not sure how to take that Roy.  ;D

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« Reply #32 on: May 29, 2019, 08:59:55 AM »
Brilliant Yorky, really enjoyable fun read.

Rooted for him to come good as I could see there was a really top notch player in there. Worth waiting for.

Not easy to find a player that can combine all the attributes needed for this role. We found him.

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« Reply #33 on: May 29, 2019, 10:39:39 AM »
Absolutely has to start the final for me. I’d have Henderson and Gini either side. Possibly harsh on Milner but he’s a very versatile sub to have and you know he’s going to make an impact when coming on too.

Wasn’t sure about Fabinho when he signed. Knew very little and he didn’t start great but what a beast he’s turned into. First name on the midfield for me.

That's my first choice 3 as well - and I don't think it is particularly harsh on Milner either, who has, largely, been ineffective from the middle this calendar year (all his best performances have come from full back, usually after coming on).  If Keita was fit, then it would be a harder decision for me, as he does bring the ball forward better than Gini/Hendo, but as he is not, then it is a straight forward one for me.

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« Reply #34 on: May 29, 2019, 02:41:07 PM »
A destroyer and a creator. Not two separate players. Just one.

Great read, and love this line.

We've had destroyers before like Mascherano and creators like Alonso, but Fabinho has a really great balance of both.
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« Reply #35 on: May 29, 2019, 04:39:17 PM »
Cracking read. And had me laughing out loud.

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« Reply #36 on: May 29, 2019, 04:51:07 PM »
Thoroughly enjoyed reading that mate.



No chance in hell Fabinho will not start Yorky. He is the destroyer in chief bar none

Is Fab now our manager and Yorky one of our players? The former is not bad I suppose but not sure I want to Yorky anywhere near our first XI, especially a CL final. I've heard many a tale of his drinking exploits. Certainly a destroyer of bars!

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« Reply #37 on: May 29, 2019, 05:38:15 PM »
Thoroughly enjoyed reading that mate.



Is Fab now our manager and Yorky one of our players? The former is not bad I suppose but not sure I want to Yorky anywhere near our first XI, especially a CL final. I've heard many a tale of his drinking exploits. Certainly a destroyer of bars!

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« Reply #38 on: May 30, 2019, 07:29:39 PM »
I have a dream actually that I'm sipping a pint of Timmy Taylor's Landlord when the call comes from Jurgen. It's the first pint I leave unfinished.

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Re: Champions League Final 2019: Fabinho is going to Madrid.
« Reply #39 on: May 30, 2019, 08:26:13 PM »
Great OP.

Fabinho's becoming my favourite player, Mascherano was my favourite under Rafa.

And in the 90's, Redondo was my favourite non Liverpool player, i guess i have a soft spot for the destroyers in the middle of the park.
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