‘The last time I came here I lost 7-1’: Fabinho heard giving fellow Liverpool stars Sadio Mane and Naby Keita a dreadful team-talk ahead of PSG clash
Fabinho was an unused substitute as Liverpool lost 2-1 at PSG on Wednesday night but he may be partly culpable for his side’s poor showing.
The Brazilian midfielder was overheard talking to team-mates Sadio Mane and Naby Keita when the Reds arrived at the Parc des Princes and his message was not one that would be likely to inspire confidence.
Former Monaco man Fabinho reminded Mane and Keita that he had suffered a 7-1 thrashing on his previous trip to the famous Paris stadium.
Liverpool midfielder Fabinho pictured before Liverpool’s game with PSG on Wednesday night
Fabinho spoke with team-mates Naby Keita (left) and Sadio Mane (right) ahead of the clash
In a conversation picked up by cameras and RMC, Fabinho — referencing Monaco’s humiliating defeat by PSG in April 2018 — said in French: ‘The last time I came here I lost 7-1.’
Attempting to put a positive spin on Fabinho’s comment, Mane replied: ‘But after you became champions.’
But Mane was wrong and Fabinho corrected him by explaining: ‘No, that was the year before.’
Fabinho won the Ligue 1 title with Monaco in 2017, but PSG finished 13 points clear at the top the following season. And the Parisians are already 15 points clear after just 14 rounds of fixtures this term.
Mane played the full match for Liverpool on Wednesday, while Keita made a 35-minute cameo as a sub.
The defeat left Liverpool needing to beat Napoli either 1-0 or by two clear goals on matchweek six to guarantee their place in the knockout phase.
PSG’s fate is also in their own hands. Thomas Tuchel’s side must beat Red Star to be sure of progression to the last 16.
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