Reds legend Robson offered his opinion on the midfield situation and feels a regular run of games brought the best out of Matic and Fred.
“Matic wasn’t getting too many games and, every time he came, in he looked a bit rusty, to me, and Fred was exactly the same,” he said.
“McTominay was coming on leaps and bounds but then he gets his injury. All of a sudden, Matic and Fred are getting more opportunities of playing regularly, and I thought both of their fitness came on really well.
“Nemanja is one of them, a good interceptor who reads the game well, like Michael did. Fred loves a tackle! Sometimes, he’s a bit rash but he loves to get about the park and I thought we saw the best of those two in the last 15-16 games we played.
“Definitely, Fernandes has helped them a lot with the way he got on the ball and his passing range and vision. And then taking it on board to hit off shots early, the way he did, was brilliant.
“I think that balance worked really well and it’s why we were on a good run.”
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