Stats which show Liverpool’s win percentage goes up when Fabinho is not in the team have emerged.
The Brazilian international has been ruled out of the Reds’ FA Cup final against Chelsea this weekend after being forced off in the win over Aston Villa with a hamstring injury.
Fabinho has been an influential figure in Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions League triumphs in recent seasons but stats show the Reds perform better when he’s not in the side.
Liverpool midfielder Fabinho will miss the FA Cup final after picking up a hamstring injury
In his four years at Liverpool, Fabinho has missed 48 games in total. The Reds have won 34 of those, drawn eight and lost just six – a win percentage of 70.8%.
In comparison to the 169 games which he has played, Liverpool have won 112, drawn 33 and lost 24, with the win percentage slightly lower at 66.3%.
The average number of goals conceded with him in and out of the team are also the same at 0.9.
Despite those stats, Fabinho’s impact on the pitch is clear. His ability to sit deep and win second balls quickly allows the likes of Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold to push higher up the pitch.
Fabinho (left) has played 169 times and missed 48 games since joining Liverpool in 2018
Stats show Liverpool’s win percentage is higher when the Brazilian is not in the team
Klopp believes his side can cope in Fabinho’s absence with the presence of captain Jordan Henderson. He said: ‘We have to (cope).
‘Because we can cope. Having him or not having him is a difference but it is all fine.
‘That’s normal stuff that happens. It’s never in a position where you have 12 options, it’s always in a position where you [don’t].
‘We have a few players. Hendo came on and played incredible, he has played super games this season at six, so that is not a problem.’
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is likely to step back into the team for the FA Cup final
In Friday’s press conference ahead of the clash against Chelsea, the Liverpool boss confirmed Fabinho will be available for the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 28.
‘He (Fabinho) will definitely be back for the Champions League final,’ he said.
When asked if the midfielder will return for Liverpool’s remaining Premier League games, Klopp added: ‘We will see. Fab is a professional. He wasn’t happy about it but he’s taken it. He’s absolutely OK.’