French football expert Julien Laurens and the FC panel examine Fabinho's move to Liverpool and how the Reds' midfield will take shape in 2018-19. Philippe Coutinho made an early return to Anfield on Saturday as part of the Brazil side which beat Croatia 2-0 in a World Cup warm-up.
He'd left Liverpool in an unsatisfactory manner, basically forcing through a move to Barcelona in the middle of a very promising season for the Reds. Such behaviour normally ensures a hostile reception for anyone whenever he returns to the ground where he used to be revered.
Liverpool evidently feared such a backlash and before the match sent the big guns out to…