Liverpool kicked off their new Champions League campaign with an entertaining 3-2 victory over AC Milan at Anfield on Wednesday evening.
It was the Italian giants’ first game back in Europe’s elite cup competition following a seven-year absence, but the home side ruined their return, sealing all three points thanks to a second-half comeback.
After a fast start by the hosts, an own goal from former Chelsea centre-back Fikayo Tomori deservedly gave Liverpool the lead within the first 10 minutes when his attempted block took Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross above a helpless Mike Maignan.
However, their advantage was wiped out just before the interval as, after Mohamed Salah missed a penalty, the Rossoneri stunned the Merseyside giants.
Strikes from Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz drastically altered Jurgen Klopp’s half-time team talk, but whatever the German tactician said clearly worked as Liverpool were back in the driving seat just three minutes later.
Salah bagged his fourth goal of the season in the 48th minute before captain Jordan Henderson sealed an enthralling victory with a fabulous long-range strike.
And although it’s Salah who will get the headlines after coming to Liverpool’s rescue once again with yet another big goal, it was one of his teammates who was the real star of the show under the lights at Anfield.
As per SofaScore, Fabinho received a match rating of 7.6 out of 10, the joint-highest total achieved by any player on the pitch.
The Brazil international dominated the engine room in this midweek clash, winning a whopping eight duels, making an astonishing six tackles and also managing four interceptions, highlighting his impressive performance.
But the 27-year-old maestro was also accomplished in possession, making two key passes for his teammates, losing possession only seven times throughout the 90 minutes and achieving a passing accuracy of 89%.
It was a masterful display from Fabinho against Milan and came just days after an equally outstanding showing in Liverpool’s win over Leeds United.
Klopp will be hoping his South American midfielder can keep up this recent run of good form the rest of the campaign, as that will significantly increase the club’s chances of success this season.