Liverpool continued their 100% start to the season today with a win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Reds walked to victory, two goals in the second half came after Andreas Christensen was sent off just before halftime. Jürgen Klopp made a bold decision ahead of the game playing a midfielder in the back four, Fabinho showed he is more than capable of being the fourth choice centre back.
Walk to victory
Liverpool beat Chelsea today without ever getting out of second or third gear.
The West London side have been tipped to be title contenders this season having spent a tonne on new arrivals.
However, Timo Werner didn’t manage to score against the club he could have joined and Kai Havertz was ineffectual before being brought off after Christensen’s sending off.
Sadio Mane scored a marvellous header shortly after the second half resumed, he soon followed it up with another poachers effort, seizing on sloppy work from Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Fabinho centre back
Kopites were shocked before the game when Fabinho was named at centre back.
The Brazilian midfielder dropped into the back four due to injuries to Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.
Throughout the game the ex-Monaco man showed his class, keeping the Chelsea front line quiet.
Timo Werner was thoroughly embarrassed by the Brazilian, constantly being held up when one on one with the lanky holding player.
Could save millions
There has been a lot of talk about whether or not the Reds would invest in a fourth choice centre back to replace Dejan Lovren.
This afternoon we saw Fabinho show us why we don’t need to invest.
The Brazilian was dominant at the back, putting in a man of the match performance.
If he can continue to put in that level of performance then there’s no need to worry about bring in a fourth choice defender, he could even continue as first choice partner for Virgil van Dijk based on that performance.
Not only would this move solidify the back line but it would also save the club millions after a spending spree which saw the arrivals of Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara.