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Unsung Hero: Liverpool’s Fabinho impresses with a busy display against Arsenal

Unsung Hero: Liverpool’s Fabinho impresses with a busy display against Arsenal

After the first three weekends of Premier League action in 2019/20, only Liverpool have a 100% record, the Reds maintaining their perfect start to the campaign with a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday evening.

Liverpool dominated the first half with 11 shots to five but survived a couple of scares from Arsenal on the break before taking the lead through Joel Matip’s header on 41 minutes. [via Sky Sports]

Two goals in the first 15 minutes after the interval from Mohamed Salah put Arsenal to the sword, the Egypt forward converting a penalty and soon afterwards netting a sublime individual goal as Liverpool threatened a repeat of the 5-1 and 4-0 victories from this fixture in the previous two seasons

The Reds are still waiting on their first clean sheet of the season, though, after second-half substitute Lucas Torreira scored a consolation goal for the Gunners with five minutes remaining.

That was only a minor blemish on an excellent day for Jurgen Klopp’s men, though, and they maintain a two-point lead on Manchester City after swatting aside a team who also had a 100% record coming into this weekend.

Salah’s brace ultimately decided the game in Liverpool’s favour, although the man who set him up for his second goal of the evening gave a terrific yet unheralded performance.

Fabinho played the final pass to Salah before the Egypt forward left David Luiz trailing in his wake in a move that ended with him curling the ball beyond Bernd Leno for 3-0.

That was just one of 65 successful passes executed by the Brazil midfielder at Anfield on Saturday, with the 25-year-old ending the game with a 93% passing success rate and executing four key passes. [via WhoScored.com]

Nobody else in the Reds’ line-up completed more passes, while his 77 touches of the ball was the third-highest total for Liverpool behind full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson. [via WhoScored.com]

Fabinho won two tackles against the Gunners, as per WhoScored.com, and gained possession for Liverpool six times in total, according to LFCVine.

For Sky Sports, Gerard Brand noted how he provided “a powerful, cool hand at the base of midfield”, adding that he “dropped into the defence from goal kicks, giving Liverpool another option to build from the back”.

In The Mirror, David Maddock wrote that the midfielder “read the game brilliantly and snuffed out most visiting threat”.

Recalled to the starting XI after being named among the substitutes at Southampton the previous week, Fabinho’s tremendous work on and off the ball against Arsenal should see him retain his place for the trip to Burnley next Saturday.

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