Fabinho explains why second Premier League title would be ‘more special’ for Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has explained what it would mean for him to win a second Premier League title.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds ended their long wait to lift the trophy last season and remain favorites to win competitions this season as well, despite losing starting center-back duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez due to long term knee injuries.

Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker
Liverpool end 30-year title wait | Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

Liverpool have had to overcome a lot of adversity already this season, and Fabinho told the Daily Mail that ending the year with another title will mean more due to the arduous journey to get there.

“Considering everything that has happened this year, the difficulties of the lack of supporters in the stadiums and the series of matches and injuries we have had, all of this helps make the second title more special than the first if we could do it. “Said Fabinho.

“Fighting for the second would put us further in football history. That would put us up there with Premier League sides that have won back-to-back titles. Teams like Manchester City.
It would put us at the top level and put us with the best teams in the history of the league. “

Any success Liverpool will enjoy this year may well rest on Fabinho, whose versatility has seen him quit his favorite midfield to replace Van Dijk in the heart of Liverpool’s defense – something Jurgen Klopp has been preparing for since the arrival of Fabinho in 2018.

“At the time, the coach saw the need for someone to be available, so I started working on this position, getting used to it, working with potential partners,” said the Brazilian. “We had three center-backs at the time, so it was just a test for me, just to be prepared. The coach had identified that there might be a need later.

“So when I got there I felt good and comfortable and over time it got easier. When Virgil got injured I expected to come in as a center-back and even the other players were joking. They said: ‘Fabinho the defender is back, he’s here’.

Virgil van Dijk
Van Dijk could miss the whole season | Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

“Immediately after his injury he didn’t say too much but after a few games he sent me a message congratulating me and telling me that I was playing well. It was great to hear.

“Now I just want to be able to watch his game and pick up things that I should be doing, especially the passes he does. I would like to do that. He’s the best in his place, so it’s important that I watch his game. “

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