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Liverpool’s Fabinho “Missed Playing Midfield”

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After a season spent mostly filling in at centre half, Fabinho impressed in the six against RB Leipzig.

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Liverpool FC v RB Leipzig - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg Two Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

It might be a little bit foolish to read overly much into one good game, one good result, and Liverpool advancing to the quarter final of the 2020-21 Champions League folllowing Wednesday night’s 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig.

Still, no matter if it’s a one-off good result of the sort the Reds have managed a few of over a difficult few months or a sign of something more, it was at least nice to get to watch Liverpool win a game—and look good while doing it.

It was also nice to see Fabinho back in midfield, the position he made a name for himself in at Monaco and then with the Reds. And after filling in at centre half most of the season, he, too, was happy to be back in the middle.

“I missed it a little bit playing the midfield position,” Fabinho said following the match. “It was a great evening. We played against a really good team. We knew we had the advantage and we played a really intelligent game.

“We had a lot of chances in the first half. We didn’t score but we felt if we kept playing the same way we would. We scored two goals and in general it was a very good, positive performance and very good for our confidence.”

Those two second half goals mean despite this side’s struggles with injuries and form that have seen them first drop out of the title race and now looking likely to miss the top four, they’re still in with a chance in Europe.

It may seem a long shot, given recent domestic results and how dominant Bayern Munich and Manchester City have looked in Europe this year, but this is a group that has won the Champions League and Premier League.

This is a group that, when fully fit and on form, are one of the best in the game. And now they’re into the quarter finals, one of the last eight teams left in the competition. They might not be favourites, but they do have a shot.

“We knew we have opportunities to keep playing in this competition,” Fabinho added. “We know how good it is to play in this competition, to win the competition. We want to keep playing so we played really good football tonight.”