You cannot understate the importance of Fabinho to this Liverpool team. Even on a night where the team were disappointing, he managed to uphold his devastating high standards.
With Liverpool’s final match of 2020 finishing in a goalless affair, Fabinho was certainly the pick of the best players on the night.
He was partnered alongside Nat Phillips at the heart of Liverpool’s defence. The last time the defensive duo started together was against Brighton during a 1-1 draw last month.
Against Newcastle, they were far better and showed a good understanding, working well in tandem to close down Newcastle attacks.
Fabinho was the senior figure and was exemplary throughout. He was strong in the air, read the game well, and was effective in possession.
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In total, he won five of his aerial duels encapsulating a dominant display in the air.
He also managed one tackle, two interceptions and four clearances to round-off a near-perfect display defensively, as per WhoScored.
The Brazilian international is unstoppable at present. His influence in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip has been gargantuan.
Testing period for Fabinho
It was a huge showcase of trust and also a necessity from Klopp to give Fabinho 90 minutes for an eighth consecutive league game. Unsurprisingly, he showed signs of needing a rest, but the manager stuck with him – it certainly paid off.
Fabinho was perfectly placed on countless occasions to cover his centre-back partner when required, after all. He got a rare booking for a clever foul showcasing he’s not afraid to do the dirty work for his team.
Even on a night where the team were disappointing, Fabinho stood out. He has managed to finish 2020 as arguably Klopp’s most indispensable player.
It feels like you just can’t hold him back and opponents can’t stop him. With that said, here is a look at how Liverpool supporters reacted to his latest contribution.