It says a lot when you’ve got a player who’s in his debut season for a club the size of Liverpool who has been able to fill in where he’s needed away from his comfort zone. That is exactly what Fabinho has done for Liverpool, though, as the Brazilian stepped in to play centre-back for the Kopites yesterday away at Brighton.
59' – Big block! Gross finds space in the box but Fabinho stands firm and stops the attack.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 12, 2019
When Jurgen Klopp’s side went to the Amex Stadium, it was a game that was looked at as a potential banana skin for the league leaders. Klopp had just one fit central defender available to him, even if it was the December player of the month and 2018 team of the year member, Virgil van Dijk. With the ever-impressive Dutchman and Fabinho at the back, though, the Reds were always going to win.
Brighton certainly had their chances in the game, but Liverpool are too good of a side and managed to get the three points when Mo Salah went down in the box, won a penalty and then stepped up to convert it himself. Yesterday was Liverpool’s 4th 1-0 of the season so far, and considering that last season saw them win 1-0 just once, it looks like the Reds have come of age and are capable of winning ugly, of course it always helps that they’ve got the brilliant Fabinho.
You can read the Reds’ thoughts on Fabinho here:
Never drop him again
— AH (@KIoppology) January 12, 2019
— M A G S (@MagsOnSport) January 12, 2019
Fabinho is a BEAST
— F (@fletcher_xo) January 12, 2019
Solid performance from him
— #Ke_Mosotho (@josephntema) 12 January 2019
Fabinho at centre back is very nice
Klopp you genius
— Zaid Qanadilou (@zaidQanadilou) January 12, 2019
Fabinho looks so solid in cb role so far
— TC2019 (@terry65919713) 12 January 2019
Fabinho has only played 2 games at CB for Liverpool and he already looks better than Lovren. Would rather play him over lovren at CB
— Deep Karani (@KaraniDeep) January 12, 2019
god bless fabinho
— Rose (@YoYa_Mxx) January 12, 2019
The Reds are delighted that Fabinho has it in his locker to fill in at centre-back, and will hope the Brazilian can carry on shining for them in every position he’s used.
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