DUBLIN, IRELAND - AUGUST 04: Fabinho of Liverpool during the international friendly game between Liverpool and Napoli at Aviva Stadium on August 4, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Fabinho’s prowess as a centre-back for Liverpool could mean the end of Dejan Lovren’s time at the club, says former Tottenham forward Garth Crooks

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp made full use of Fabinho’s versatility by dropping him from his midfield role to the centre of the Liverpool defence alongside Virgil van Dijk at Brighton last Saturday.

And the Brazilian didn’t disappoint with a solid display to help Liverpool keep a clean sheet and win the game 1-0 to maintain their four-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Now Crooks believes Fabinho could become a threat to Lovren if he keeps up these performances.

“[Fabinho] has become a far more important addition to the Liverpool set-up than I first realised,” Crooks told BBC.

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“The Brazilian enforcer looks better at centre-back than he does in midfield. At least that’s how it appeared against a Brighton side who made life difficult for the league leaders but struggled to really hurt them.

“When there was the slightest threat, Fabinho snuffed it out. His positioning throughout the match was quite impressive.

“Any more displays like that and Dejan Lovren might have to start looking for new employers.”

Fabinho has made 19 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions this season with the Reds’ next league game being against Crystal Palace at Anfield this Saturday.