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Van Dijk's absence is a monumental blow for the Premier League champions but Reds fans will have been pleased to see their stand-in centre-back conjure up an excellent piece of defensive awareness this evening.
Dusan Tadic looked like he'd levelled matters when he lobbed Adrian after being played through one-on-one. But just when the ball was about to cross the line, Fabinho got back in to clear the ball in acrobatic fashion.
The former Monaco midfielder was making his second start of the season in central defence but like at Chelsea a few weeks back, Fabinho was incredibly impressive in an unfavoured role.
That Chelsea performance drew some glowing praise from Van Dijk, who believes he is a brilliant option to deputise at the heart of the backline.
"Outstanding," the 29-year-old said, as per The Mirror when discussing his partner's performance at Stamford Bridge.
"I just told him as well I think he was Man of the Match. To keep out a striker like [Timo] Werner and don't let him score, overall he was outstanding.
"Everyone knows how good he is but it shows also that we need everyone. We are a bit unlucky with the injuries now but we'll need everyone back because it's such a long season."
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