World Cup break can be catalyst for Liverpool resurgence – Fabinho


Liverpool travel to Aston Villa for their first Premier League fixture after the World Cup on Monday.

Fabinho believes Liverpool are well-placed to benefit from the World Cup break as Jurgen Klopp’s team look to chase down their Premier League rivals.

Liverpool, narrowly missing out on a second title in the Premier League era when they collected 92 points last season, are now sixth in the top flight, seven points off the top four.

Jurgen Klopp’s side improved ahead of the Premier League’s November break and could win three games in a row for the first time this season when they visit Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

With Frenchman Ibrahima Konate the only Liverpool player to remain involved at the World Cup beyond the quarter-finals, Fabinho believes the break has benefited the Reds.

“It can be good,” he told the club’s website. “I hope it will be good for the team because, as I said before, our position in the Premier League is not where we want it to be.

“But that’s the reality. We have to face it, we have to try to close the gap on the other teams and yes, game by game, try to play better and win.”

Fabinho played 45 minutes as the Reds returned to competitive action with a 3-2 win over Manchester City in the EFL Cup on Thursday and was delighted to continue playing of that caliber.

“In the game against City it was [important] to show that we are there, that we will fight with the best teams because we are also one of the best teams,” Fabinho said.

“I hope we can keep this level because we will need it. I think it was good for us to have this as our first game back from the World Cup. The intensity of the game was really good.”

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