Virgil van Dijk told Fabinho that he thought “he was man of the match” against Chelsea despite Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane taking the accolade.
Sadio Mane scored twice as the Reds took advantage of Andreas Christensen’s sending off to beat the Blues 2-0 and carry on their positive start to the season.
Fabinho, who normally plays a in central midfield, filled in alongside Van Dijk against Chelsea and the Dutchman reckons the Brazilian should have been man of the match.
Asked about Fabinho’s performance, Van Dijk told LFC TV: “Outstanding.
“I just told him as well I think he was man of the match today. To keep a striker like Werner, don’t let him score, a bit unlucky with the penalty incident, but overall he was outstanding. Everyone knows how good he is.
“But it shows also that we need everyone. We were a bit unlucky with the injuries now but hopefully everyone comes back, it’s going to be such a long season.”
Liverpool dominated Chelsea once the Blues were reduced to 10 men, with new boy Thiago Alcantara impressing off the bench after replacing Jordan Henderson.
Henderson suffered a knock to his thigh that Jurgen Klopp does not expect to keep him sidelined for any length of time.
Thiago excelled off the bench in Henderson’s stead though, leaving Klopp to praise the Spain midfielder.
Alisson saved Jorginho’s second-half penalty, ending the Italian’s flawless run of eight successful spot-kicks for the Blues, and that left Klopp hailing the ideal west London afternoon.
“Jordan (Henderson) said he had a knock and I told him not to carry on because we didn’t want to take a risk with him,” said Klopp.
“But then even without training, and albeit against 10 men, Thiago set the perfect play in that position.
“Everything he did was perfectly natural. Alisson saved a penalty, Thiago made his debut – and if Hendo has absolutely nothing to his injury, it’s a perfect day.”