This Sunday Liverpool comfortably swept aside their rivals Manchester United in a strong 3-1 home win, a match in which Jurgen Klopp's midfield summer signing Fabinho starred.
The Brazilian has had a relatively slow start to his career at Anfield with his form coming and going in fits and starts, but over the weekend he put in an assured performance throughout the match and helped Liverpool claim all three points against United for the first time under the management of Klopp.
Fabinho’s game by numbers vs. Man United:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) 16 December 2018
6 accurate long balls
3 take ons completed
2 chances created
1 aerial duel won
Liverpool’s chief orchestrator. pic.twitter.com/zzivgJSzN4
Fabinho also claimed an assist for Sadio Mane's opener and his dominance in the middle of the park for the Reds did not go unnoticed by the opposition fans, who were quick to compare the 25-year-old to their own long-legged midfield general Nemanja Matic.
Here's what United fans said on Twitter:
Fabinho>Matic— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) 16 December 2018
Fabinho is really good but some of our fans preferred Matic over him. You really can't make it up.— Kev (@KevinA830) 16 December 2018
Fabinho demonstrating why we should've signed him over this Matic fella.— Edu (@Eduh_N) 16 December 2018
For all the frustrated United fans, there were also plenty of Liverpool supporters and even neutrals who were fawning over the Brazilian's strong performance.
You can see why many united fans wanted Fabinho instead of Matic. He has so much better ball control and passing range.— #DISUNOMICS (@_NOMICS) 16 December 2018
You never see Matic play one or two touch like Fabinho whilst finding players in space ahead of him
#LIVMUN— Duru mary ebere (@Maryebere56) 16 December 2018
All Liverpool players were fantastic..
Fabinho, Shaqiri, Robertson, firminho were immense..
Pogba should have started. Man United midfield was so poor.
Mourinho needs to go. The team has no identity nor pattern.
Fabinho came of age today. He ran that midfield without breaking sweat.— Paul Jones (@pauljones1981) 16 December 2018
Ps. Man United are dogshit
The difference in class today was unbelievable. Man united were gifted an undeserved goal and it could have easily been 4-5 goals to Liverpool. Fabinho and Robertson were world class, our squad right now is brilliant. Up the reds❤️— Lewis Barton (@LewisBarton17) 16 December 2018
Sum up of today's #LIVMUN.— Iron duke Jr. (@Iron_Duke89) 16 December 2018
2. Fabinho with a rock solid performance
3. 4-2-3-1 suits Liverpool more than 4-3-3 (always had someone in the 10 space
4. Shaqiri played like a 65mil player (bargain of the season)
5. Run out of things to say
6. Man United
The win keeps Liverpool unbeaten and one point ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table. The Reds will travel to highflying Wolves this coming weekend, who have won their last three games on the trot, in what will be another big test for Klopp's men.
Source : 90min