Liverpool have already got an outstanding deputy for Virgil van Dijk of their crew, believes talkSPORT host Jason Cundy, who was impressed with Fabinho’s ‘glorious’ efficiency in opposition to Ajax.
The versatile Brazilian stepped into Van Dijk’s footwear for the Reds’ Champions League opener on Wednesday night time, and put in a stable exhibiting in Amsterdam.
In actual fact, it was a match-winning show from the 26-year-old, who got here to Adrian’s rescue with a goalline clearance within the first-half after the goalkeeper was lobbed by Dusan Tadic, with Liverpool battling to a 1-Zero victory due to Nicolas Tagliafico’s own-goal.
Van Dijk’s ACL damage and the persistent damage troubles of Joel Matip imply we could also be seeing extra of the Fabinho and Joe Gomez partnership on the again this season, until Liverpool do what they’ve instructed by followers and dip into the switch marketplace for a top-class substitute in January.
However, after the sport Jurgen Klopp stated he was ‘actually happy’ with Fabinho’s efficiency and revealed the Brazilian midfielder ‘really actually likes’ taking part in in that place.
And Sports activities Bar host Cundy was equally impressed.
“I believed Fabinho was glorious tonight,” stated the previous Chelsea and Tottenham defender.
“Are they going to overlook Van Dijk? Sure, after all they’re; you can’t have a participant of that high quality with out him being missed.
“However Fabinho slotted in completely in opposition to Ajax.”
Liverpool weren’t at their finest in opposition to the Dutch giants, however Cundy argues that the Premier League champions didn’t must be, as Tagliafico’s first-half OG settled it.
Whereas the Reds have considerations on the again, with Van Dijk’s damage solely making issues worse following their leaky begin to the season, there aren’t any points with their ahead line regardless of the quiet exhibiting within the Netherlands.
The own-goal got here after a second of magic from Sadio Mane, who blitzed handed two defenders earlier than firing a shot that was unwittingly tapped in by the Ajax man.
And the Senegal star has been hailed as ‘the whole participant’ and ranked alongside Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne as the most effective within the Premier League.
“I don’t fear about Liverpool going ahead in any respect, I believe they’ve received sufficient,” added Cundy.
“For me, Mane is the most effective of the three. He’s a superb participant
“There are particular gamers they miss and I don’t suppose I used to be a coincidence, and know they defended poorly in opposition to Aston Villa, however I believed it was an enormous miss. He units the tone, he’s the catalyst.
“He’s so good at holding the ball, he’s received such steadiness, he’s extremely robust, he’s received a superb contact, an important eye, he’s a superb finisher.
“In that system he’s the whole participant
“For me, Mane and KDB are in all probability the most effective two within the Premier League.”