Liverpool are six points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield. Goals from captain Jordan Henderson and a Mohamed Salah penalty secured the three points.
Despite conceding a goal within one minute of kick-off, Jürgen Klopp’s side were the better team on the pitch for a majority of the game. Full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson were both excellent up and down the flanks but Fabinho produced a world-class performance.
The game against Spurs came exactly one year to the day after Fabinho made his full debut for Liverpool, and Sunday’s fixture showed just how important the Brazilian has become to this team. His display against the north London team was one of the best the No.3 has had whilst wearing the Liverpool kit — which is no small feat in itself.
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The former Monaco man was excellent defensively, making three interceptions and winning four tackles. The defensive midfielder also managed to recover the ball on 11 occasions and won eight duels as well.
Fabinho’s passing was also on par with his defensive performance. The £40million-man had an accuracy of 85% and his passing created Liverpool’s equaliser. For the Reds’ first goal Fabinho lofted a pass into the Tottenham box. It found its way to the back post where Henderson finished past Paulo Gazzaniga.
In his first couple months as a Reds player, Fabinho was often on the bench. He needed time to adapt to how Klopp wanted him to play. Fast forward by one year and the 26-year-old is now the first midfielder on the team sheet, starting every league and Champions League fixture so far this season.
Unfortunately, it is likely Fabinho may be rested against Aston Villa to protect him from a yellow card. A caution against the Midlands club would mean a suspension for him and he would miss the vital clash with title rivals Manchester City.
The Brazilian midfielder is one of Liverpool’s most important players. His performance against Spurs was one of the best we have seen from him, and there is still more to come.