Was Fabinho’s Palace show the Premier League’s most complete midfield performance?

Liverpool bounced back from Sunday’s disappointing derby draw by producing one of the best performances Anfield has seen this season, beating Crystal Palace 4-0. It was a dominant and assertive display from Jürgen Klopp’s team.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mané were in the goals for the Reds but it was the third scorer who shone most during the 90 minutes. The Brazilian midfielder was outstanding in every aspect of his game, from tackling to passing to even scoring a thunderbolt. It was a complete performance from the No.3.

Fabinho’s first goal involvement would come just before half-time. The former Monaco player lofted a pinpoint through pass over the Palace defence into the path of the onrushing Mo Salah, reminiscent of his assist for Mané against Manchester United back in December 2018. His pass would result in the same outcome — a Liverpool goal.

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The defensive midfielder’s contribution to the scoreline wouldn’t stop at the assist. In the 55th minute, he struck a rocket past Wayne Hennessey to give the Reds a three-goal advantage and ultimately put the game to bed.

As previously mentioned, his passing and defending were excellent. Fabinho finished the game with a 98pc pass accuracy, misplacing only two passes throughout the match.

In the defensive side of things he won all six of his attempted tackles, completed two interceptions and won seven ground duels.

It was a superb display all around from the squad but Fabinho in particular put in one of the best individual performances of his career on Wednesday night.

His ability to seemingly do it all is what sets him apart from other defensive midfielders in world football. He was without a doubt Liverpool’s man-of-the-match.

Klopp has a number of strong midfield options at his disposal meaning everyone has to fight for their place every week. More showings like this will prove to the German that Fabinho has to be one of the names on the teamsheet.

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Scott Mason

Contributor. Irishman. Steve Finnan started my LFC love story.

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