Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield to go nine points ahead of the reigning Premier League champions. Goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané secured the win on Sunday
It didn’t take long for Liverpool to go ahead as Fabinho hit a thunderbolt past Claudio Bravo with six minutes played. Salah doubled the lead after Andy Robertson’s cross found his run at the back post seven minutes later. Mané hit Liverpool’s third in the second half as his header went past the Chilean keeper.
It was a strong performance from Jürgen Klopp’s men with many putting in a great shift at Anfield. However, it was Liverpool’s first scorer who put in the best performance of the night.
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Fabinho has been a mainstay in the team this season. He has started every Champions League game and only missed one league game — he was benched against Aston Villa to avoid a potential suspension against Manchester City. It was a choice by Klopp that has proven fruitful.
The former Monaco man’s goal was the highlight of his game. The midfielder was sitting in his defensive midfield position as his teammates attacked the City goal. The ball then fell to Fabinho outside the box and he hit a powerful shot into the goal to put his side on the front foot.
The No.3 was excellent defensively throughout the game. He made five tackles and completed two interceptions against Pep Guardiola’s side. He also recovered the ball on three occasions. His passing was also good, completing 30 out of 36 passes.
The £44million signing has quickly become one of the most important players in this Liverpool team and one of the best holding midfielders in world football. His 90 minutes against the reigning Premier League champions showed just how good he is.
His goal against Manchester City was only his second goal in a Liverpool shirt. Hopefully after his rocket against City, he can put the ball in the net more for his team as he showed he has it in his locker.