Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has hailed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for his deployment of Fabinho at centre-back in recent games, and has suggested that the German should not spend any money this month on new signings.

The Reds’ No.3 filled in alongside Virgil van Dijk in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Brighton, following on from his spell in defence in the FA Cup loss to Wolves last week.

And Cascarino believes Fabinho did enough in those two games to prove that he’s a viable option for Klopp while his usual centre-backs cover from injury or work towards full fitness.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 3: Fabinho of Liverpool takes on Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on November 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Getty Images)

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“Jurgen Klopp deserves a lot of credit for playing Fabinho at centre-back against Brighton & Hove Albion,” said Cascarino, according to the Echo.

“I don’t understand why more teams don’t do something similar.

“Yes he’s a defensive midfielder but they can do a job at the back. Most teams don’t play two strikers anyway these days and the likes of Fabinho, Nemanja Matic and Fernandinho could all do it.

“Liverpool don’t need to waste any money on a centre back this month. And, let’s face it, I could probably play alongside Virgil van Dijk.”

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