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Aldridge: Fabinho is undroppable at Liverpool

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Former Liverpool star John Aldridge praised Fabinho’s versatility in the club’s 1-0 win over Brighton and added that he expects a new centre-back to arrive this summer

Manager Jurgen Klopp’s defensive options have been limited of late due to injuries with academy graduates coming into the first-team to make their debuts recently as cover.

But having gone their first two games of 2019 with defeat, Klopp called on the versatile Fabinho to start as a centre-back as Liverpool looked to maintain their four-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

And the Brazilian produced a solid display in the Reds defence alongside Virgil van Dijk to help Liverpool keep a clean sheet and return to winning ways.

“Fabinho once again showed his versatility for Liverpool,” Aldridge wrote in the Liverpool Echo.

“Hopefully he won’t have to for much longer with the return of Joel Matip.

“He is likely to make his comeback at the weekend against Crystal Palace and Joe Gomez is on the mend, so I think Liverpool are over that defensive crisis they had, but Fabinho has helped out massively.

“This summer though, Klopp might be looking at bringing in a centre-back. Matip and Dejan Lovren pick up plenty of niggly knocks and injuries, but Gomez is the one who has been extremely unlucky.

“I expect Matip to return to the defence at the weekend, but Fabinho deserves to keep his place somewhere in this team.”

Klopp’s side will next face Crystal Palace at Anfield this Saturday.