England – Day 12
While in control, the defensive midfielder of the Reds delivered, this Sunday afternoon, a new recital. With as without the balloon.
Of course, there is first this goal, scored in the sixth minute of play, a hit as powerful as precise. But there is also, and perhaps most importantly, all the rest. Liverpool never lost a Premier League game when their number 3 was in the starting lineup and, on Sunday afternoon, Fabinho once again showed that statistics were not a coincidence. In the game without ball, the match he delivered against Manchester City is a model of its kind. One of those who wants to make a career at the number 6 station is eager to watch. And rather than twice. Because if all that the intelligent Brazilian does not necessarily jump in the eyes when watching a football match in a passionate way, to look at the former Monegasque when the ball is in the feet of the opponent is a rewarding experience. Confusing even, the defensive midfielder seems to move regularly on the field with a time ahead of events. Sometimes in the laundry, sometimes on the cover of Jordan Henderson or Georginio Wijnaldum, all his movements breathe the intelligence of play.
Yet, with a very active Kevin De Bruyne and constantly in his area, Fabinho, rated 9 by FFhad a lot to do. But not content to monitor the Belgian, he has in turn made life hard for Ilkay Gundogan and Rodri, regularly embarrassed by the pressure of the Brazilian. At the origin of each of these defensive races, four or five takes, minimum. Because reading the game of theauriverde owes nothing to chance: the midfielder is always on the alert. A sense of observation that allowed him to annihilate some counters of Citizens, especially at the time of play, while Rodri was trying to clean out a balloon. On the sequence, the Spaniard probably wondered where the man who had just stolen the ball came from.
It's Fabinho who dictates the tempo
And as if that was not enough, the one who scored this Sunday afternoon his second goal with the Reds, also shines when his own leather. At the base of the triangle designed by Jurgen Klopp, it is he who dictates the tempo. But here again, we must observe the Brazilian closely to measure the treasures of his game. For there are first of all these small gestures of the hand, which encourages its partners to accelerate or slow down. Especially when Alisson or one of Liverpool's two central defenders have the ball between their feet.
Jardim created a monster
And then, then, whenever the Reds launching pad puts his teammates in the best position to hurt the opponent. Often in one or two keys, so that his keep one time ahead. While sober, he managed nearly 85% of the 36 passes he made this Sunday afternoon. Beyond the numbers, one impression dominates: the one that the number 3 systematically realizes what the game commands. A few weeks ago, Leonardo Jardim confided that his choice to reposition Fabinho as a midfielder was certainly one of the best decisions of his career. The new recital of his former protege probably comes to remove him any doubt.Thyme Pinon
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