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Fabinho’s “bored” comment is insult to Liverpool

Friday’s news that Liverpool midfielder Fabinho is “bored” under manager Jurgen Klopp rocked the club and supporters. French publication Le Parisien published the news that Fabinho is suddenly not interested in playing at Anfield or under his manager. The news came just five months following Liverpool’s surprise £44 million signing of the Brazilian.

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Fabinho has struggled since arrive and only made his Liverpool Premier League debut against Huddersfield. That fixture was the ninth game of the season for the Reds, but the first time Fabinho got onto the pitch. The defensive midfielder surprisingly struggled to crack Klopp’s starting XI. The pressing, high-energy requirements of Liverpool’s midfield were foreign to the Frenchman. His previous experience playing at Monaco were far different than the expectations of Klopp and company.

Paris Saint-Germain are now reportedly highly interested in Fabinho’s signature, which seems strange considering the amount of talent already on the French club’s roster.

The French champions are not in a position to throw around cash and to be completely honest, Liverpool do not have to move the “want away” midfielder.

Fabinho did start Liverpool’s most recent Premier League match against Cardiff City. It followed his substitute appearance against Huddersfield. The combative midfielder was praised by all for his solid play and ability to break up attacks. Liverpool had lacked a tough tackling defensive midfielder with Lucas Leiva being the club’s last true central battler. Although he had declined in his final years at Anfield due to injuries.

Following Fabinho’s performance against Cardiff, he stated he wanted to keep his place in the side. However, the amount of competition, something great for Liverpool as a team, could see him drop to the bench any given week.

“The moment is good, being called has helped too. So I’m very happy, I hope I can keep it,” Fabinho said.

“I know the rate here is very high, you have to always try to keep a good performance, and in our tea,m we have a lot of options in the midfield.

“Of course, it’s not possible to be always called, but whenever the coach needs me I want to be ready for it.”

There is the chance the claim of Fabinho being “bored” is false. Le Parisien could simply have taken the player’s words out of context, misquoted him, or made a link to PSG — Liverpool’s Champions League group rivals — to unsettle the Reds.

If the statement that the Brazilian is bored is true, it is certainly an insult to Liverpool, Klopp, and the club’s supporters.