By Scott Mason – @ScottMason00
Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League after a 2-1 win away at strugglers Fulham.
The victory over the London club means Jurgen Klopp’s outfit have a two-point lead over Manchester City, Pep Guardiola’s side does have a game in hand.
A goal from Sadio Mané gave the Reds the lead before former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel cancelled it out. Substitute James Milner calmly slotted away a penalty in the 81st minute, a goal that saw the title chasers snatch all three points.
Mané has been Liverpool’s most in-form player of late and his string of fine performances did not end against Fulham. Whilst the Senegalese winger will make most of the headlines, Fabinho was one of the standout players at Craven Cottage.
The Brazilian has arguably been one of our better midfielders this season despite a slow start to life at Anfield. He returned to the starting XI for this one after being dropped to the bench in Munich, a decision most fans disagreed with at the time.
The former-Monaco midfielder has proved his worth on multiple occasions and Sunday’s game was no exception – it was the No.3’s passing ability that was most impressive against The Cottagers.
He had the highest pass success rate along with Virgil van Dijk at 91%. The defensive midfielder also nearly assisted the Dutchman after a perfectly-flighted cross towards the far post reached the centre half who was unable to convert in the 55th minute.
Defensively Fabinho was also very solid – he won 100% of his tackles as well as clearing the ball from danger twice while providing a stable cover for the back four.
Fabinho provided a mature performance in a nervy, must-win game and, whilst not getting him self on the score sheet or registering an assist, he was vital in securing the points in London.