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Aldo's view Where should Fabinho play as he returns to the Liverpool line-up against Chelsea?

Liverpool face Chelsea in a big Premier League game on Thursday night


Fabinho is back and could help out in defence for Liverpool (Jon Super/PA)

Fabinho is back and could help out in defence for Liverpool (Jon Super/PA)

Fabinho is back and could help out in defence for Liverpool (Jon Super/PA)

Fabinho makes a welcome return to the Liverpool squad for their crucial Premier League game against Chelsea on Thursday night, with plenty of debate over where he should play.

The Brazilian has been out of action for over a month after joining Liverpool's lengthy injury list, yet manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed he is ready to make a return to action.

While he is most at home in midfield, Fabinho has been used as an emergency centre-back to great effect this season and Klopp admits he has yet to make a decision on where he will play.

"Both is possible," stated Klopp, when asked whether Fabinho will be fielded in defence or midfield.

"That’s good and gives us options in different moments. I think if we can find a way to bring Fab back in midfield that would be, in some games, quite helpful.

"I think the most consistent player this season probably is Gini Wijnaldum. Long may it continue and he played the No.6 and pretty much all the positions and all these kind of things.

"Both are really intense, if you play centre-half or you play six. In the past we had to bring the players when they came back always immediately because another player left the pitch in the game before injured or whatever and this time we don’t have to do that - for the first time, maybe. But there are still a lot games to come so we will see.

"So, is Fab close enough to start or is he only ready for the bench, which would already be completely fine? Then we will see which position and these decisions are obviously still to make and even if I would have made them already, I wouldn’t tell you exactly what the decision is. Let’s see."

The absence of captain Jordan Henderson has been a big blow to Liverpool's midfield and while Sunday World columnist John Aldridge believes Fabinho's return could boost that area of the team, the former Reds striker believes he would be better deployed at centre-back.

"The midfield and defence have suffered with all the injury problems, but on balance, I think Fabinho is most useful in the defence at the moment," Aldo told us.

"Ozan Kabak has struggled at times since he came into the team, but it is tough for him to be thrown in there without an experienced partner.

"If he was playing alongside Virgil van Dijk, he might look very different and that's why I think having the experience of a player like Fabinho next to him could help.

"Liverpool have more options in midfield, but the centre of defence has been a problem all season for Liverpool and it is the area they need to get right in they are to have any chance of a top four finish.

"Chelsea have some dangerous forward players and the defence needs to be right for this massive game. So for me, that means putting Fabinho in defence."

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