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Fabinho believes he’s adapted to Liverpool’s “rock & roll” football

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with teammate Fabinho during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on February 9, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Brazilian midfielder Fabinho reckons he’s now adapted to Liverpool’s unique brand of “rock and roll” football.

The 25-year-old arrived at Liverpool in the summer from AS Monaco in a £43.7m deal, but struggled to establish himself in the team.

In fact, Fabinho had to wait till the end of September to make his first start for Liverpool in a 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea.

After another month on the sidelines, the Brazil international has since become an integral member of Jurgen Klopp’s line-up at Anfield with his versatility proving to be a very useful asset for Liverpool.

“Liverpool are known for this ‘rock and roll’ football,” Fabinho told the Telegraph.

“I think I’ve adapted well to this even if, as a player, I like to hold onto the ball longer.”

On how life in England has gone for him, Fabinho said: “Pre-season went great for me.

“I was playing every game but when it came to the start of the season the coach had everyone available and he wanted to go with players who he had already worked with before.

“It was a case of learning, watching and getting up to speed. Watching from the sidelines as to how the team works.

“I was hoping for opportunities early on but I knew this could happen, I knew that I needed to be patient, work hard and that when the chance came to play I had already adapted and I could see what the team was trying to do so I was up to the pace of it.”

Fabinho has now made 33 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool and looks set to play a key role in the remainder of their campaign.

But the Brazilian insists he never doubted himself even when things weren’t going to plan.

“It’s always a matter of belief and I always believed I could have an important role,” he said.

“I always thought it was a matter of time. Obviously, I wanted to start right away but it didn’t happen as I had hoped. But I knew that with work, with learning it would happen and now the coach sees me as someone he can rely on.”

Liverpool will host Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday for their next Premier League match, with kick-off set for 17:30 (CEST).

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 16: Fabinho of Liverpool in action while under pressure from Jesse Lingard of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)