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Fabinho: 'I know I have to earn starting place at Liverpool'

Fabinho: 'I know I have to earn place'
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Midfielder Fabinho acknowledges that he will have to work hard in order to secure a place in Liverpool's starting lineup.

Midfielder Fabinho has acknowledged that he is under pressure to earn a place in Liverpool's starting lineup.

The Merseyside giants moved to sign Fabinho from Monaco at the start of the summer, but the Brazilian was absent through illness as Liverpool thrashed West Ham United in Sunday's Premier League opener at Anfield.

However, despite facing a battle to gain a starting role, Fabinho feels that fierce competition for places is good for the progression of the side.

The 24-year-old told Premier League Productions: "When I came to Liverpool I knew this competition would exist in midfield and I think it's really good for the team.

"If anything happens to a player, there's adequate cover. During pre-season I played alongside a variety of different players and we blended really well. So, overall, I think it's a good thing for the team."

Fabinho could potentially feature when Liverpool face Crystal Palace on Monday, August 20.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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