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Garth Crooks suggests Fabinho could replace Lovren


BBC football pundit Garth Crooks has suggested that Dejan Lovren may have to consider leaving Liverpool after Fabinho starred in the heart of the defence against Brighton at the weekend.

The 25-year-old defensive midfielder was deployed alongside Virgil van Dijk in the Premier League on Saturday as a makeshift centre-back and received huge praise from observers including his manager who said it was “now pretty clear” that he can be used in that role.

Crooks included Fabinho in his ‘Team of the Week‘ and had a dig at Lovren when explaining his decision – a dig that most Liverpool fans would probably agree with.

“This player has become a far more important addition to the Liverpool set-up than I first realised,” said Crooks.

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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.”

Crooks also wrote that ‘Liverpool are unbeaten in the nine Premier League games that Fabinho has started this season (W8 D1), with the team scoring 23 goals and conceding just four in return.’