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Liverpool 1-1 Burnley: Fabinho isn't just back - he's found a higher level

Fabinho put in another stellar performance against Burnley as Liverpool drew 1-1. The Brazilian has found a higher level.

Fabinho’s statistics against Burnley, per Whoscored, show half the story. He completed 92% of his passes – the most of any starting outfield Liverpool player – completing one key pass. He won three tackles – the most of any Liverpool player – adding one clearance and one interception.

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So this was a very solid performance from Fabinho. He played his holding midfield role expertly and backed up why we recently said he’s one of the best in the league.

But again, this was only half the story because it doesn’t show how important that one key pass was. Liverpool struggled to break down Burnley’s deep defence but it was Fabinho who unlocked it.

His floated pass to Andy Robertson on 34 minutes created Liverpool’s goal as the left-back looped a header over Nick Pope. It was a fantastic pass – and one he’s done before.

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Another level

Back in March, we were quite worried about Fabinho. He’s started the season wonderfully but injury halted him back in November. His return in January didn’t go well and he struggled for form up until football stopped.


But he’s been fantastic since it came back. The highlight was undoubtedly his showing against Crystal Palace, which may be the best he’s ever played for Liverpool.

His stats in that game, again from Whoscored, are fantastic. Fabinho won six tackles, the most of any player and twice as many as any teammate.

Three interceptions meant he equalled any Liverpool player in that game. He completed 92 of 94 passes – the best percentage of any Red. One of those was a key pass – a remarkably similar one to his assist against Burnley, too, as he floated a pass into Mohamed Salah.

The real highlight from that game was his goal, of course. Fabinho leathered one into the back of the net on 55 minutes to round off a complete performance.

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While Fabinho didn’t put in a showing quite as good as that against Burnley, he still proved that it was no fluke. Not only is he defensively dominant but he’s creating goals, too. In fact, he’s demonstrating an ability to unlock tight defences.

To get that from your holding, defensive midfielder is quite fantastic, in truth. Fabinho is looking like a complete midfielder and if he keeps this form up, there are few heights he couldn’t reach.

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