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Fabinho admits he didn’t enjoy playing at defence

Sat 03 April 2021 | 9:57

Although the Brazilian believes he has learned a lot from his spell at the back, he prefers to play in the middle of the park.

Having Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk ruled out with long-term issues, Jurgen Klopp was forced to deploy Fabinho at centre-back for 15 matches.

"Playing as a centre-half, I learnt a lot," Fabinho told

Sky Sports

ahead of Liverpool's Premier League meeting with Arsenal on Saturday.

"I learnt to enjoy playing this position because at first I didn't really enjoy it!

"But then thanks to my team-mates I improved a lot and learnt some things about the position, about leadership as well because in this position you can see almost everything, so we had to try to organise the team as well."

The 27-year-old added: "In midfield, you touch the ball more and, in the offensive part, have a bigger importance than you can have at centre-half. But my focus first of all is always to try to protect the defence without the ball, to try to close the gaps.

"Then, when we have the ball and lose it, to try to recover it as quickly as possible."

The Reds will face Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals next week while they are still pushing for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

"Yes of course we believe [we can make the top four]. We have to be the first to believe it if we want to be there," Fabinho said of his side’s targets.

"And I think we can win this tie against Real Madrid - but we have to bring our best shape and best mood. We are Liverpool so we always try to win every competition."

source: SportMob