Fabinho has labelled the situation with Thiago at Liverpool 'unfortunate' as he continues to watch the Reds from afar. He does believe the Spaniard is offering something, though.
Both left in the summer, of course, joining the mass exodus from Europe to the Middle East at top-level football. Firmino left with the end of his contract, while Fabinho followed him down the line after Al-Ittihad agreed a deal with Liverpool.
Of course, they've still been watching their former side and the players that replaced them. Fabinho, in particular, witnessed a flurry of midfielders arrive last summer.
"It's really important for the team that the players that arrived are already playing good football, really integrated to the team," Fabinho told Liverpoolfc.com.
"Players like [Dominik] Szoboszlai, [Alexis] Mac Allister, [Wataru] Endo are playing really well. It's important because the team lost some really important players. I think they are doing a good job."
However, he also lamented the situation around a former teammate - Thiago. The Spaniard hasn't played all season because of an injury and Fabinho feels that's unfortunate.
"Unfortunately, Thiago is not playing regularly but I'm sure with his experience he is helping these players as well – he talks a lot, he has really good communication," he said.
Thiago has become a forgotten man at Anfield this season. The Reds' midfield overhaul was supposed to include him as a massively experienced link between the former midfield and this one. Instead, it's as though he's not with the club at all.
Thiago's contract expires in the summer, too, so it's incredibly unclear how much we'll see of him in a Liverpool shirt again. Hopefully, he can make some sort of return soon because a relatively 'fresh' Thiago would be an enormous asset for the squad over the second half of the campaign.