Fabinho had to wait for his opportunity at Liverpool, but now he is showing fans exactly what he can do.
The Brazilian was imperious during the Reds’ 4-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade, crashing into challenges like Javier Mascherano and spraying long balls like Steven Gerrard.
It was a Champions League night to savour for Liverpool fans: Mo Salah struck either side of the break after Roberto Firmino opened the scoring, and Sadio Mane rounded things off to send the Reds top of Group C.
But, despite Salah grabbing his 50th goal for the club, it was the Anfield newbies who stole the show.
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Xherdan Shaqiri delighted the crowd with some exquisite touches, creating his team’s first two goals, while Fabinho provided something many feel the club has lacked in recent years.
Reds skipper Jordan Henderson was ruled out of the match with a tight hamstring, and he may struggle to regain his place after such a majestic performance from his midfield colleague.
According to some Liverpool fans on Twitter, that may not be such a bad thing…
Fabinho lad, running the game. Henderson’s turned his TV off. — Maxi (@Maxi_1892)
The only time Henderson should be allowed back onto Anfield is when he needs to bring water on for fabinho. Fabinho is magical in that midfield? hendo who? #LIVRED #UCL ? — Zee$ha (@Zeeni_Panini)
Henderson might not get another game this season on this Fabinho performance. — Colin (@Colin265)
Fabinho has played more forward passes in 45 mins than Henderson has in his Liverpool career — Keep Sturridge! (@StevieGForcee)
Fabinho is approximately 7 million times better suited to us than Henderson is — Ace (@Ace_The_Emperor)
Fabinho is the player Henderson dreams of being #LFC — Dijkinho (@Dijkinho)
Fabinho throwing more tackles in tonight than Henderson has in the past 10 years — Shaun Rudge (@ShaunRudge10)
Fabinho to Henderson at full time. pic.twitter.com/j5849uhNDU — Matt (@FalseFirmino)
Fabinho has been excellent. Not the toughest opposition but they have tried to press LFC aggressively. One lapse aside, Fabinho bossing it in there – tackling, passing, dribbling. — Paul Tomkins (@paul_tomkins)
Not to go on about him, but Fabinho’s ability to tackle and intercept is second to none. It’s absolutely top drawer. — Matt (@FalseFirmino)
Hearing Fabinho is playing well tonight? Almost like Klopp knew what he was doing? Almost…. — Milly’s Ribena (@OkSourcee)