Fabinho insists the position of centre-back is becoming “increasingly natural” to him as he hinted at a desire for a new contract at Liverpool.
The Brazil international has become one of the most important members of the the Reds squad since making the £40million move from Monaco in the summer of 2018.
Fabinho had established himself as one of the finest defensive midfielders around during his time at Anfield, helping them win the Champions League and the Premier League title in his two seasons with the club so far.
However, the ex-Monaco man has been made to adjust to a new role in recent weeks following the long-term injury to Virgil van Dijk at centre-back.
With Jurgen Klopp having just three senior centre-halves available to him following the sale of Dejan Lovren, Fabinho has been drafted into centre-back for most of the campaign.
A hamstring injury sustained in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over FC Midtjylland is likely to leave him sidelined for a number of weeks, but the 27-year-old says he is getting used to his new position in the team.
And Fabinho has explained how Klopp has asked both him and Joe Gomez to become more communicative in the absence of Van Dijk.
“I already have some games in this position and some moves are getting more automatic.
“In terms of positioning, I’m getting better and better.
“This communication and leadership you notice mainly when [Van Dijk] is not on the field.
“We have other communicative players, like Jordan Henderson and James Milner, but the coach spoke with the backline and said that we had to learn.
“Maybe it is not my profile or Joe Gomez’s, but we don’t have to be afraid to work hard.
“Sometimes it’s small things like a second ball, movement in pressure and reaction, things that help the midfielders. It’s something I know I have to improve.”
Fabinho also suggested that he would be open to a new deal at Anfield if the club placed one in front of him.
The Brazilian is around halfway through the five-year deal he signed when he joined and revealed that he would not be against renewing terms.
“I have this [season] and two more years of contract,” he added.
“I intend to fulfil these three years and soon see if there is a renewal or not. But my focus today is on Liverpool and I am very happy here.
“I am in a league that is very good to play, very competitive, when you play here you do not want to leave.”
“Liverpool have grown a lot in recent years, we have a strong team that has everything to continue like this and what we are achieving with this group has entered history.
“We can do more and more and I want to be part of that.”