'An opportunity for us' – Fabinho previews Arsenal clash

Interview'An opportunity for us' – Fabinho previews Arsenal clash

Published 8th October 2022
By Sam Williams

Fabinho sees Sunday's meeting with Arsenal as an opportunity for Liverpool to ignite their Premier League campaign.

The Reds visit Emirates Stadium to face the team who headed into the weekend leading the way in the top flight.

Following a midweek trip to Ibrox in the Champions League, Liverpool’s next domestic assignment after the game against Mikel Arteta’s men is an Anfield clash with Manchester City. 

Fabinho is excited by the prospect of taking on the division’s two early pacesetters in quick succession.

“[The] Emirates is a nice place to play and Arsenal, of course, are in a really good moment right now, playing really well, winning their games, top of the league,” the Brazil midfielder told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It’s a good opportunity for us as well to show that we are Liverpool, we are still one of the best teams in this league. So yes, it’s a good opportunity for us to get the three points and to close the gap on these teams as well.”

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Liverpool are scheduled to play nine times in October, with two of those fixtures having been ticked off as Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Rangers came three days on from a 3-3 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Having such a hectic schedule pleases Fabinho, who believes it offers a chance for the Reds to build up their confidence.

“I always say that this is the moment every player likes, playing every three or four days,” the No.3 said. 

“Different competitions to play – Champions League, Premier League – so a lot of big games to play and in the league our next two games are against maybe the better two teams at the moment in the league, Arsenal and Man City. 

“So yes, what an opportunity for us to play against these teams, to play these kind of games to get our confidence back.”

It is, of course, only a matter of months since Fabinho and his teammates were pursuing a quadruple of the Premier League, Champions League, Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup trophies. 

And he is sure Klopp’s squad can rediscover the traits that have made them such a formidable outfit across several years.

Fabinho stated: “This is a winning team. The last season was really good, we played all the competitions until the end to win the four [and] we won two. This shows what this team is capable of doing. 

“Of course, as I said before, this moment is not good and it’s not easy when we know you can do better, you can play better, you can win more and more games. So yes, we just have to keep focused, keep concentrating, try our best to turn this situation.”

Published 8th October 2022