He may not have got the headlines, but Fabinho produced an outstanding performance in Liverpool’s Champions League win against Genk on Wednesday. We have taken a closer look at his performance against the Belgian outfit in the latest edition of our Unsung Hero feature.
Liverpool secured an important 4-1 win against Genk in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, a result which kept them in second place in Group E (BBC Sport).
Goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and two from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain secured the three points for the defending European champions (BBC Sport).
It was Oxlade-Chamberlain who was getting most of the plaudits after the game, and that is fair considering his brace.
However, another player who produced an outstanding performance which has perhaps gone under the radar is midfielder Fabinho.
The former Monaco man was brilliant in Belgium, a statement which can be backed up by the statistics. Indeed, the Brazilian made three successful tackles, two interceptions and one successful dribble, won two aerial duels, played five accurate long balls and provided one assist in the match (via WhoScored).
Added to all of that, he also had an impressive 92.9% passing accuracy and finished the match with a WhoScored rating of 7.73 – the highest of any Reds player who didn’t score on the night.
Fabinho’s importance to this Liverpool team cannot be understated. Whilst he is not someone who will regularly score goals – he has netted just once in 55 appearances for the club (Transfermarkt) – he does sit in the midfield and offers defensive stability which is backed up by the stats above.
This allows the front three of Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino the freedom to express themselves. It also gave Oxlade-Chamberlain the chance to push on and get himself into attacking positions against Genk, ultimately leading to him scoring two goals.
He may not be spoken about by pundits as much as others, but make no mistake – Fabinho is a vital player for this Liverpool team.
Liverpool fans, how important is Fabinho to your team at the moment? And were you impressed with his performance against Genk? Let us know in the comments below…Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!