PSG manager Thomas Tuchel has praised the ‘self-sacrificing’ qualities of Liverpool midfielder Fabinho, comparing the Brazilian to compatriot Marquinhos when explaining his decision to deploy the Brazil defender in a revised holding midfield role.


Fabinho is yet to make a competitive appearance in any of Liverpool’s four Premier League games so far this season since completing a £43m summer move to Anfield from Monaco, but his qualities are still well known from his time in Ligue 1 and highly regarded by Tuchel.

The German told ​ESPN: “​Marquinhos is very different to Giovani [Lo Celso]. He has the qualities we are looking for; he is fast and strong in his head.


“A player who sacrifices himself willingly is really important. We see that with players like [Real Madrid’s] Casemiro, [Liverpool’s] ​Fabinho, [Chelsea’s] N’Golo Kante and [Barcelona’s] Sergio Busquets - this is what sets this position apart.


“I think that Marquinhos has a lot of the qualities that make him predestined to play in this role.”

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Fabinho’s arrival at Anfield during the summer was greeted with great levels of excitement and anticipation from ​Liverpool fans, though his lack of action so far this season has been something of a surprise, with Jurgen Klopp selecting the likes of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum ahead of the Brazilian.


It is seemingly a case of adapting the Brazilian gradually to the demands of the Premier League and slowly integrating the 24-year-old into Klopp’s side, with the German keen on a high-energy pressing style which new arrivals such as Fabinho must adapt to.

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With ​Champions League fixtures now also near on the horizon, however, it seems only a matter of time until Fabinho becomes the latest member of Liverpool’s Brazilian contingent to be given the chance to thrive at Anfield.