Has Fabinho been Liverpool’s best player since the Premier League restart?

The Brazilian showed his class against Burnley with excellent assist as well as strong performance throughout 90 minutes. This was no one-off – he was continuing his fine form since the restart.

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Liverpool dropped points at Anfield for the first time this season after a 1-1 draw against Burnley. Andrew Robertson scored the opener for the Reds before Jay Rodriguez’s equaliser would ultimately dent their attempt at a record Premier League finish.

Poor finishing would once again cost Jürgen Klopp’s side the win with all three forwards misfiring. It took a combination of Liverpool’s left-back and defensive midfielder to break the deadlock to put their side ahead – Robertson scoring with Fabinho assisting.

The Scot and the Brazilian were the home side’s strongest performers on the day even if you ignore their involvement in the goal. However, in terms of selecting which player put on a better display, the No.3 edges it.

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Fabinho’s assist was excellent and the type of pass he made to the No.26 has become almost a trademark aspect of his game. We saw it against Crystal Palace a couple weeks ago as well as against Manchester United last season. That dink over the opposition’s defence is fast becoming something of a trademark move.

Defensively the former As Monaco man was solid too. He completed three tackles, made one interception and cleared the ball once. He also finished the game with a 92pc passing accuracy, showing he was rarely wasteful in possession.

Since the restart Fabinho has been one of Liverpool’s better performers, possibly their best. The Merseyside club have a world-class defensive midfielder on their hands who is also able to contribute offensively.

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Previously he had one goal and one assist before the suspension of the league, but he has scored once and assisted another two since the restart alone – an indicator of his increased influence on the Liverpool attack.

With Jordan Henderson ruled out for the remainder of the campaign the likelihood that Fabinho will continue to start in the final three games of the season is high. Luckily the Brazilian’s form has picked up at the perfect time and hopefully he can continue to get amongst the goals as Liverpool march towards the possibility of finishing on 102 points.

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