Liverpool fans have had to settle for glimpses of Fabinho in action as manager Jurgen Klopp has taken a patient approach.
The Brazilian has spent the majority of the season so far waiting for his opportunity and only being used in dribs and drabs.
On Wednesday night, though, he was named in the starting line-up to take on Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League at Anfield.
It was the first time that Fabinho had played a full 90 minutes for Liverpool and he turned out to be one of the team’s best players on the night.
The 25-year-old showed strength in a tackle as well as a desire to get forward and play in his teammates in the final third.
There will be future occasions where opponents will not allow Fabinho as much time on the ball as Red Star did, but his performance is likely to give Klopp something to think about with regards to team selection.
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Jordan Henderson missed out due to injury, but some Liverpool fans believe that even when the captain is fit, Fabinho should be above him in the pecking order.
No agenda just fabinho performance shows how bad Henderson is. Barely a back pass in the team last night. And fabinho played some nice long balls forward into attackers path rather than into the kop….
— Terry Bray (@TLBray92) October 25, 2018
Maybe Fabinho can show Henderson how to actually tackle.
— Magical Salah? (@clementwiafe) October 25, 2018
Can really see how Fabinho is an improvement over Henderson.. Not only tackles for the ball when defending but also always looking to make chances up ahead with some brilliant passes last night
— Raghav Mittal (@mittalrag) October 25, 2018
I see Fabinho do more slide tackles in one game than Henderson’s whole Liverpool career!!!
— Wayne Rodney (@mr2sly) October 25, 2018
Fabinho over Henderson every game And give Virgil the armband now . Not even up for debate
— Lee Field (@_leefield) October 25, 2018
After yesterday’s performance.
Jordan Henderson should be our last option when picking up a starting 11.
Fabinho can do so much more than him and is miles ahead of that Charlie Adams part 2.
— Essa (@ItsSalahMate) October 25, 2018
Oh and Fabinho and Gini are so far ahead of Henderson it’s frightening
— joseph?☭ (@_jabyrr) October 25, 2018
— J.O (@JerrySkillz) October 25, 2018