Fabinho left Anfield purring on Wednesday with a bullish display in Liverpool’s Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade.
Making just his second start of the season, the summer signing proved a disruptive force in foiling the visitors’ attacking ambitions.
The Brazilian served as a steely midfield enforcer after being granted a long-awaited opportunity to impress as part of a near-full strength Liverpool lineup.
Until the Reds’ last outing, Jurgen Klopp had kept Fabinho relatively hidden as a means of easing him into a significant change in speed and intensity.
His full Champions League debut for the club entailed major signs of him finding his place in the Reds’ system, whether it be the ferocity to his ball retrieval or the intent to move the ball forward quickly upon winning it back.
The former Monaco man won 18 of his 24 duels on the night, as well as completing 80 passes and thwarting Red Star with nine tackles.
BT Sport produced an intriguing compilation of the latter, with Fabinho’s power and athleticism coming into full lens.
• 90 minutes
• 9 tackles
• 80 passes
Anfield, meet Fabinho 👊pic.twitter.com/LCf8STDjjK
— BT Sport (@btsport) October 25, 2018