Liverpool earned an impressive 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon as the Reds put down a marker to one of their potential title challengers at Stamford Bridge.
Many were eager to see where the new-look Chelsea would be compared to the current Premier League champions but it was the Reds that had control of the game, even before the red card for Andreas Christensen.
The second-half was where the Reds’ pressure told, though, with two early goals after the break for Sadio Mane, whilst Fabinho won plaudits for his performance at centre-half – an area before the game many felt might be a weakness given his usual position in midfield.
Here, then, we take a look at his numbers, thanks to whoscored:
Fabinho’s pass success rate was an incredible 96.7%, with only Alisson and the late subs of James Milner and Takumi Minamino recording better, this is even more impressive when you consider he made 90 passes – more than anyone in red.
He had the second-most touches of the ball, too, behind Andy Robertson with 102 but it was his defensive numbers that really stood out.
Not only did he keep Timo Werner at bay throughout the game, his reading of the match was immaculate.
He made the most tackles of any Liverpool player (4) and the most interceptions (also 4,) whilst regularly stepping out into midfield with the ball and running things.
It appears the Reds are going to rely on the Brazilian as cover for their 4th centre-half position but, on this basis, he could well be starting there even when Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are fit.