Liverpool's Fabinho Produces Sensational Goal-Line Clearance Against Ajax
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.
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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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