Fabinho was denied a dream start to life as a Liverpool player by the woodwork on Saturday as his new employers romped to a 7-0 win over Chester.
The Brazilian started on his first outing for the Reds, lining up alongside Curtis Jones and Ben Woodburn in central midfield as part of the Reds’ first-half team.
His presence from the off meant there was no early look at a partnership with fellow summer arrival Naby Keita, who was introduced as one of 11 changes at half-time.
Fabinho went close to breaking the deadlock in the 27th minute when he pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the box before firing a low effort onto the post.
Fabinho hits the post. What a debut goal that would have been. pic.twitter.com/oI8UWwvWHz
— Anfield Express (@AnfieldExpress) July 7, 2018
Though all eyes were on Liverpool’s debutant, it was a familiar face in Harry Wilson that stole the spotlight with an eye-catching individual start to pre-season.
The Welshman put Jurgen Klopp’s men ahead in the 36th minute when he delicately lofted the ball over goalkeeper Grant Shenton after running onto the rebound from Alberto Moreno’s effort.
Wilson made it two shortly before half-time when he strode onto Jones’ chipped pass before calmly slotting into Shenton’s bottom corner.
Liverpool wrapped up the win following the break through a James Milner penalty, a brace from Daniel Sturridge and goals from Ryan Kent and Danny Ings.
Fabinho’s next outing could come on Tuesday when the Reds face Tranmere Rovers in their second pre-season friendly.