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Liverpool: Fabinho struggles in Toon stalemate

Liverpool were left frustrated at Anfield once again on Saturday afternoon as Newcastle United stole a late point.

Joe Willock was the man to deny the hosts but only after Callum Wilson also had an equaliser ruled out via VAR and Mo Salah had struck a fantastic opener.

It was an extremely wasteful afternoon for the hosts as they threw away numerous chances to add to their advantage; Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino all being culprits.

Were Liverpool unlucky against Newcastle?

Yes, they deserved more.

Yes, they deserved more.

No, a point was fair.

No, a point was fair.

However, it was actually the latter’s compatriot Fabinho who was the most frustrating during the game.

Deployed at centre-back in the absence of the injured Nathaniel Phillips, he was extremely suspect defensively by only contributing one tackle and one interception according to WhoScored.

Whilst the former Monaco man, who earns £100k per week at Anfield, did manage to contribute four clearances, he really struggled to deal with long balls over the top, with Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin causing problems with their runs in-behind the Liverpool backline.

In fact, Fabinho had to take evasive action late on to prevent the Frenchman from netting as he was beaten for pace, only to bring the Newcastle winger down and pick up a yellow card, his sixth in the Premier League this season.

Meanwhile, he did not cover himself in glory for the visitors’ eventual equaliser, not closing down Willock quick enough before he fired home what was a deserved equaliser for Steve Bruce’s men on the day.

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Whilst Fabinho should be cut some slight slack with him slotting in what is a somewhat unfamiliar position, the sheer fact that one of the more experienced heads in the Reds’ squad looked the most vulnerable defensively will hugely disappoint Klopp.

AND in more news, take a closer look at how we rated the rest of the Liverpool team in the draw against Newcastle…

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