Fabinho driven by slow Liverpool start not Manchester United ‘crisis’

Fabinho was at home nursing an injury and screaming at the TV screen when Liverpool humiliated Manchester United at Old Trafford last season. The cries weren’t all celebratory. He was also a little greedy.

Liverpool recorded their biggest victory at Old Trafford with a 5-0 win against Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s desolate side. Their aggregate score against United reached 9-0 for the season, Liverpool’s most goals against their fierce rivals in a single campaign since 1895-96. Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick was also the first for a Liverpool player at United since 1936. And Fabinho always wanted more.

Swapping their professional hats for the fans’ vision on the historic day sparked frustration as Jürgen Klopp’s side appeared to declare after the fifth goal scored in the 50th minute. For United, reduced to 10 men when Paul Pogba was fired on time, this proved their only blessing.

“I remember the last away game against United, I was watching at home and sometimes I was shouting at the TV,” said the Brazil international, who is set to make his 100th Premier League start for Liverpool on Monday. evening. “To be honest, I wanted the team to attack more to try to score more goals because we had one more player at that time, but that was the time when the team was trying to control the game more. and stabilize the ball.

“As a fan I wanted the team to score more because it was a great opportunity to make a historic score at Old Trafford but of course 5-0 wasn’t bad. I was more on the fan side than on the side of the players that day, but as you are on the pitch so often, you understand both sides. I think the fans were happy with the 5-0.

The rout came three months into last season and tipped United into a full-blown crisis from which Solskjær never recovered. The last encounter of the old north-west foes comes three games into the new campaign but, given Erik ten Hag’s dismal departure and internal problems at Old Trafford, it’s no exaggeration to suggest Liverpool could once again put United in turmoil with another emphatic win. Fabinho argues that’s not the priority.

Mohamed Salah scores a hat trick to put Liverpool 5-0 ahead of Manchester United at Old Trafford
Mohamed Salah completes his hat trick to put Liverpool 5-0 ahead of Manchester United at Old Trafford. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

“Playing a derby is always a big motivation. The first half of last season was almost perfect because the team played an almost perfect game. We scored four goals in the first half and the way we played, the way we pressed them, the quality of our play with the ball was really amazing.

“I don’t care if a win pushes them a bit more into crisis, I just want to beat them and get three points. It’s always a big game and during the week the media talk a lot about this game. Playing there “It’s never easy and we know that if we win the fans will be delighted to beat our rivals. We also need three points. It will be our first three points in the competition so there are a lot of things that motivate us.

Liverpool haven’t exactly left the blocks themselves. Two successive draws, at Fulham and at home to Crystal Palace, gave Manchester City an early advantage while Darwin Núñez’ stupidity against Patrick Vieira’s side left Klopp without his star summer signing for the next three games. Fabinho said: “It’s not the start we wanted of course – two games, two draws – but it’s only the start of the season. We’re really calm about it. We know we can win. games to make sure the gap doesn’t get too big, with the other clubs, not just with Man City, we’re confident because we know the quality of the team and there are still 36 games left to play.

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He insists Liverpool’s slow start is not a hangover after missing out on the Premier League title and losing the Champions League final at the end of last season. “I don’t really think about that now. After the Champions League final, it was hard not to think about the game and the defeat. After the game we knew we had to do the parade with the fans and most of the players didn’t want to do it because they weren’t in the mood but the parade helped me a lot personally. In the parade, we forgot everything, we were just in the moment with the fans. Sometimes you have to live this kind of experience to remember what this club represents for the supporters.

“Of course we want to be successful, but it’s not just about winning. The fans were proud of the team because the season was really good. After two or three weeks, I started to no longer thinking about the Champions League final. It hurt me that final because I thought we played much better than Real Madrid but in a final you have to win, not play better than the other team. Now , I don’t think about it anymore.”

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