Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher doesn’t think Jurgen Klopp can “trust” Joel Matip to stay fit, leading to rumours they want another centre-back.
Sadio Mane bagged his first league goals at Stamford Bridge as Liverpool pounced on defender Andreas Christensen’s dismissal, coasting to the win and even handing a second-half debut to new signing Thiago Alcantara.
Fabinho started for the Reds in the heart of defence alongside Virgil van Dijk with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip both absent from the matchday squad.
There have been transfer rumours that Klopp might be tempted to bring in another centre-back but Carragher doubts he will dip into the transfer market.
“There’s been talk of Liverpool maybe needing a centre-back,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“Lovren has left and Joel Matip you cannot trust fitness-wise, and that just leaves Joe Gomez. I thought he [Fabinho] was outstanding [against Chelsea].
“Normally players who play in the centre of the pitch, certainly a holding midfield role and they fill in for people at different times, they read the game really well.
“They have a great understanding of the game. At times watching Fernandinho play that position for Man City, I thought he was excellent, at times last season and he [Fabinho] was just brilliant today.
“I think that puts to bed any thought Liverpool may have had in needing another centre-back because they’ve got so many midfield players, and in some way, they have got to get them games. He was outstanding.”