The Liverpool Echo report that Jurgen Klopp was gushing with praise for Fabinho after the Brazilian’s impressive yet short performance against Spurs.
Fabinho was left out of Klopp’s starting line-up but was brought on to provide some stability with 13 minutes remaining.
He provided a much-needed calming influence and helped to disrupt Spurs’ rhythm before Liverpool secured a last gasp win at Anfield.
Klopp said of Fabinho’s performance: “A proper impact. But he only had to play 15 minutes against a tired side but he was brilliant. He won a lot of really good balls and passed the ball.
“First half we had very good moments but not enough. The boys who started the game did really well.
“And if you bring a sub, they have to make an impact, that is the plan. That’s why you bring them, and it was obvious with Fabinho.”
It was not just from Klopp that Fabinho earned high praise, as fans on Twitter, pundits and analysts alike heaped praise on Fabinho.
His assured and composed cameo gave much food for thought and raised the question as to why Klopp didn’t start with Liverpool’s number three from the onset.
Since his arrival from Monaco in the summer, Fabinho’s influence on this team has grown, and thus so has his stature within the squad.
He now seems to be an integral part of the team, and one of the first names on the team sheet each week.
His ability to screen attackers in front of the back four combined with his constant forward-driving runs and passing make him a real threat at both ends of the pitch.
And after further evidencing his qualities on Sunday, it seems very difficult for Klopp to put him on the bench again this season.