Gary Neville has vouched for Fabinho as the best defensive midfielder in the world.
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has asserted Fabinho as the best defensive midfielder in the world. The Brazilian is currently on a high, following an immaculate start to the new season.
The former Monaco midfielder was told to work behind the scenes during his opening days and sneak into the squad when he’s able to catch up with the intensity of the Premier League. He broke into the starting eleven during November 2018. He made 29 starts last season and played a cardinal role en route to Liverpool’s Champions League glory.
Even though the 25-year-old was not included in the Copa America squad, Fabinho did not have any mental effect owing down to this reason. He kicked off the season from where he left on, by starting six out of seven games this season. His position cannot be dismantled by anybody in the current Liverpool squad for his consistency shown over the last year.
Fabinho Tavares has now elevated some of the world’s efficient to become the best in the world, says Gary Neville.
“You talk about England, World Cups and European Championships, Premier League, Fabinho is absolutely sensational on the ball, Busquets is unbelievable on the ball.” said Gary Neville.
“I think Fabinho at the moment is the best. Because what Fabinho does actually, he doesn’t sit back in games. These holding midfield players who just play horizontally, passing sideways, shuttling across, but Fabinho plays vertically as well.
“He goes forward with his passes, he moves forward and steps in and wins the ball back. I think the best holding midfield players aren’t just people who basically shuffle across and make it look simple, they also step into the game.”
“It’s the ability of knowing where you are with your back to play. I played the odd game in midfield and it was awful, even when I was full-back and I ended up in midfield just out of position sometimes and someone plays a pass into you, you think, “Oh, what’s behind me?”
“The great players they know what’s over their shoulder, they receive it on the half turn, they take the ball to the right side when there’s a player coming from the other side.”
Liverpool will take on Napoli in the opening day of the Champions League campaign at Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday.