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Sport Klopp hails 'outstanding' Fabinho performance against Chelsea

04:05  21 september  2020
04:05  21 september  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Jurgen Klopp lauded Fabinho for an “ outstanding ” performance at centre-back in Liverpool’s 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea on Sunday. Klopp hailed Fabinho for his performance , although Liverpool needed a penalty save from Alisson to deny Jorginho to keep their clean sheet.

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Fabinho holding a ball: Liverpool's Fabinho © Getty Images Liverpool's Fabinho

Jurgen Klopp lauded Fabinho for an "outstanding" performance at centre-back in Liverpool's 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea on Sunday.

With Joe Gomez and Joel Matip injured, Fabinho moved into the centre of defence alongside Virgil van Dijk and produced a fine display at Stamford Bridge.

Sadio Mane's second-half brace lifted Liverpool to a second straight win to begin the Premier League season, with the attacker earlier brought down by Andreas Christensen that led to the defender being sent off.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he opted to play Fabinho at centre-back in Sunday’s Premier League match against Chelsea because Joe Klopp was forced to adjust the back-line because of fitness concerns over Gomez and Matip, while 17-year-old Billy Koumetio, who made the bench for

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Klopp hailed Fabinho for his performance, although Liverpool needed a penalty save from Alisson to deny Jorginho to keep their clean sheet.

"If Sadio wouldn't have scored two goals, I think Fab would be a proper contender for man of the match," the Liverpool manager told a news conference.

"I loved his performance, he played outstanding. He helped us a lot with the ball and in defending as well, so yes, a proper performance."

Fabinho made a game-high four interceptions and gained possession 12 times, while completing 86 of his 89 passes.

In a further boost for Liverpool, Thiago Alcantara made his debut, replacing Jordan Henderson at half-time.

But Mane starred with his brace and Klopp said the attacker's second goal, when he dispossessed Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, highlighter Liverpool's hunger.

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Chelsea have been tipped as one of the biggest threats to Liverpool in the title race after a Klopp is well aware of the qualities Werner possesses, but thought Fabinho – who was deputising at The German added: “Timo is a good player. No real tactic that you can defend against him when he has

"It says everything about that and it says everything about the team as well. I love that because we have these situations quite a lot – that we chase the goalie," he said.

"I think in the first half Sadio was really close to blocking it there already but you just have to do it. I love it when we get the rewards for these kinds of situations.

"The first goal was a nice piece of football, everybody involved pretty much. [Roberto] Firmino cross and then Sadio comes in front of his man, so it's really difficult to defend. Good goal and gave the game the right direction. That's exactly what we have to show all the time, that's what we wanted to show today.

"I saw us today, I saw us playing football today and I'm completely fine with that. I loved it."

Liverpool face Lincoln City in the EFL Cup on Thursday before hosting Arsenal in the Premier League four days later.

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MARTIN KEOWN: Part of Arsenal's recent success against Liverpool ahead of their Premier League meeting on Monday night has been their ability to limit Roberto Firmino and Fabinho's input.Jurgen Klopp's side set out to dominate possession and they do this by creating a mezzanine floor-like system. If the defence is the ground floor, the midfield the first floor and the attack the second floor, then what Firmino and Fabinho do is build mezzanine floors in between.

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