Liverpool sauntered to victory last Sunday, capping off a thrilling weekend to be a Red. On Friday we signed Thiago, on Saturday we signed Diogo Jota, on Sunday we battered Chelsea. Oh what a time. Speaking ahead of the Reds’ EFL Cup clash with Lincoln City, Pep Lijnders singled Fabinho out for praise.
Liverpool batter Chelsea
Sunday was billed as a potential title race decider, a game that would have some significant bearing on who would be lifting the Premier League trophy come the end of the season.
Chelsea have spent massively over the summer, bringing in a string of megabucks signings, leading many to believe that they would put up a serious fight for the title this term.
However, the new arrivals who were fit to play didn’t do nearly enough.
The Reds cruised to victory, a first half red card for Andreas Christensen killed a game that the visitors were already dominating.
Sadio Mane bagged an impressive brace and Alisson Becker saved a penalty, it was a routine win.
Lijnders on Fabinho
One of the surprises of Sunday’s game was the selection Fabinho in the back four. The Brazilian was drafted in due to injuries to Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.
The long limbed holding player justified his selection, dominating the game and keeping Timo Werner at bay.
Pep Lijnders singled Fabinho out for praise at this weeks press conference, saying:
“It shows his character that he is always ready to help the team. Playing at centre-back, he sacrificed himself.
“I always say avoiding goals takes 22 feet and two gloves. It’s not just Fabinho stopping the counter-attacks, as a whole team we have to defend, but Fabinho was an easy choice to be man of the match! Jurgen [Klopp] likes players who can play in different positions.
“Do we want Joe Gomez and Joel Matip back? Yes please! But Fabinho can play a super game there as well, as long as we defend the last line as we did at Chelsea. Otherwise it would be much more difficult for him.”
What RTK has to say
The Brazilian was utterly immense against Chelsea, it’s no surprise that Pep Lijnders singled Fabinho out for praise.
The game was testament to Fabby’s versatility and determination and also his intelligence.
We saw him read the game impeccably, thwarting an expensive Chelsea attack.
We won’t be panicking if he’s forced to play there again any time soon.