Watch: Liverpool’s Fabinho cynically shoulder charges Allan Saint-Maximin

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Liverpool midfielder Fabinho took one for the team after fouling Newcastle’s Allan Saint-Maximin with a cynical shoulder charge. 

With the game entering its latter stages, Liverpool were desperate to protect their 1-0 lead.

So when Newcastle dangerman Saint-Maximin instigated a quick counter-attack after latching onto a defensive clearance, Fabinho sensed danger.

In response, the Brazil international strode across and dished out a brutal shoulder charge to bring the attack to a juddering halt.

Saint-Maximin was pole-axed and the referee had little alternative than to book the midfielder.

Fabinho’s act of dubious heroism eventually meant little as Joe Willock scored a 95th-minute leveller for Newcastle that surely ensures their Premier League survival.

Liverpool remain sixth after these two dropped points with their hopes of Champions League qualification receding by the week.


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