Loads of Liverpool fans have been reacting on social media after Kenny Cunningham told Off The Ball that Fabinho is the weak link in Jurgen Klopp’s plans, and will likely struggle against Manchester City on Sunday.
Fabinho has been a key part of the German’s squad since moving to Merseyside in 2018, with the Brazilian included in 45 of his Premier League matchday squads following the midfielder’s summer switch from AS Monaco.
Cunningham, though, is not entirely convinced by the holding midfielder’s ability to control the defensive position, as the former Republic of Ireland international doubts Fabinho has all of the qualities needed to excel in the role.
“I’m not totally convinced about him in that holding midfield position,” Cunningham claimed. “We’re not arguing here if he’s a very good player or not, he is a very good player, but, as a purely defensive midfield player, going into this game against Manchester City you need a very specific skill set to deal with what David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne are going to bring.
“You’ve got be able to sense danger, slide across the pitch, make tackles, track runners and I don’t think that’s the strongest part of his game.
“For me, the first name on the teamsheet would be Jordan Henderson in that holding role. He has the best defensive mindset in that Liverpool midfield and it’s going to be needed.”
Liverpool fans have been fiercely rejecting Cunningham’s verdict, with one of the more frequent remarks shared being that the Reds are unbeaten in the Premier League whenever the 6 ft 2 midfielder has started.
Fabinho has featured in the opening line-up for 37 of his 38 English top-flight outings, winning 31 and drawing six while losing away to Manchester City last season having come off the bench.
The £100,000-per-week anchor has also averaged the most successful tackles per ninety minutes of any Liverpool central midfielder to have played more than once in the Premier League this season with 2.5 from 3.7 attempts, per WhoScored data.
He also ranks second to Henderson for interceptions with 1.4, and second to James Milner for successful aerial duels with 1.4 from 3.2 battles, as well as for accurate long passes with 5.2.
Here are some of the messages shared from supporters reacting to Cunningham’s comments…
That’s just embarrassing, we’ve never even lost a league game with fabinho starting https://t.co/6RDtbYpvTy
— Eoin O Regan (@EoinORegan2) November 7, 2019
Are you watching the same Liverpool as me? 🤔Fabinho is one of the best, if not the best defensive mid in the prem!
— Lee Siemaszko (@leesiemaszko) November 7, 2019
Come on no one believes this
— gazz (@gazz2423) November 7, 2019
This is genuinely one of the worst hot takes I have ever heard in my life. Some achievement.
— Jamie Holme (@JamieHolme) November 7, 2019
This has got to be one of the worst shouts I’ve ever heard, he must be joking
— REMW🇬🇧6️⃣ (@rauidri) November 7, 2019
He clearly doesn’t know wah he is saying …Fabinho is the reason Liverpool will win on Sunday
— Mcbennie (@Mcbennie_) November 7, 2019
Literally our best player 😂
— . (@AoDTGNB) November 7, 2019
This is so idiotic it’s beyond belief, Fabinho has been Liverpool best player this season
— John O Sullivan (@Corballyred) November 7, 2019
Christ, what a horrendously bad take! For context his greatest performance last season was the Barcelona home game. He is absolutely pivotal to success on Sunday.
— ToobanLad (@toobanlad) November 7, 2019