Watch: Hoddle raves about Fabinho defending after crucial interventions

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It was a day to remember for Liverpool on Saturday, destroying Crystal Palace 7-0 at Selhurst Park to cement their spot at the top of the Premier League table. 

Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah both popped up with two goals, while Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Takumi Minamino also found the net.

One name that did not grab the headlines was Fabinho.

The Brazillian midfielder has been forced to slot in at centre-back following injuries to Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, knocks that many predicted would derail Jurgen Klopp’s hopes of retaining the top-flight crown.

But Fabinho has proven a natural at the back, slotting seamlessly alongside either Joel Matip, Rhys Williams or Nat Phillips at the heart of the defence.

Glenn Hoddle is clearly a fan too. The ex-England manager was on co-commentary duties for the match and was particularly impressed with two incidents in the first half.

With Liverpool only one goal to the good at the time, Palace still felt they could get something from the game and continued to threaten.

The first saw Wilfried Zaha running at Fabinho, one-on-one. A situation that would strike fear into many defenders, but not the 27-year-old who calmly muscled the Palace favourite off the ball.

 

Five minutes later, Zaha threatened again, driving a wicked low cross into the box with Jordan Ayew waiting to tap home an equaliser.

But again, Fabinho was there, tapping the ball cooly beyond the reach of the striker.


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