Fabinho was downright disastrous against West Ham when the Reds lost 3-2 before the international break but he shone for Brazil in their 0-0 draw with Argentina.
The former AS Monaco star, who joined Liverpool for £43.7m, bordered on spineless against West Ham as he and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain allowed Jarrod Bowen to waltz through the centre of the pitch on his way to assisting Pablo Fornals.
It was his first game back from injury so you could almost understand that he would make a mistake or two against such physically demanding opponents.
However, one thing a defensive midfielder can never allow is to be simply bypassed like that without committing a professional foul or, at the very leat, Fabinho needed to at least try and disrupt him,
It seems as though Liverpool’s no.3 is back to his best, with Brazilian news outlet Globo Esporte labelling him ‘insurmountable’.
While rating each player from Tite’s side, Fabinho was awarded a 7/10: “The best Brazilian, practically insurmountable. Seven tackles, won nine duels on the ground; still had quality to find passes, even when pressured.”
Alisson Becker also had a solid game for the Selecao and was required to save a 90th-minute effort from non-other than Lionel Messi which had significant venom behind it, skidding off the turf.
It’s a welcome return to form for both Fabinho and Alisson, with the latter not very convincing in goal against West Ham and with Arsenal set to visit Anfield, Liverpool need their Brazilians at their best.