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Fabinho set a Premier League season benchmark in Liverpool’s win over Leicester

 

A head-turning statistic surrounding the performance of Liverpool midfielder Fabinho during the club’s meeting with Leicester City has come to the fore on Thursday evening.

The stat in question centers on Fabinho’s defensive efforts in the middle of the park at Anfield.

Amid a fine all-round display on the part of Jurgen Klopp’s hosts on Thursday, the likes of attackers Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz, as so often proves the case, stole the headlines.

Fabinho, though, tasked with patrolling the ground in front of Liverpool’s back-4, shone bright, too, on his way to no fewer than seven interceptions across the course of the 90 minutes.

This marks the most racked up by any player in a single Premier League fixture this season, a testament to just how important the Brazilian remains to the Reds’ setup:

Jota at the double

Whilst Fabinho excelled on the defensive side of the ball, as alluded to above, up top, it was the likes of Jota and Diaz who took the plaudits amid a new-look Liverpool frontline.

With neither Sadio Mane nor Mohamed Salah yet ready to start owing to their exploits at the Africa Cup of Nations, it was left to a front-three of Diaz, Jota and Roberto Firmino to bag the goals against a faltering Leicester outfit.

 

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And this was precisely what they managed, with Jota having proven difference-maker on the day.

The Portuguese notched not one, but both of Liverpool’s goals, following up a close-range finish late in the first-half with a fine strike just minutes from time, to keep Liverpool’s title fight alive another day:

 

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 24 43 60
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 West Ham United 24 11 40
5 Manchester United 23 6 39
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 21 1 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Southampton FC 23 -7 28
11 Aston Villa 22 -4 27
12 Leicester City 20 -3 26
13 Crystal Palace 23 -3 25
14 Brentford FC 24 -14 23
15 Leeds United 22 -16 23
16 Everton FC 21 -13 19
17 Newcastle United 22 -20 18
18 Norwich City 23 -32 17
19 Watford FC 22 -18 15
20 Burnley FC 20 -11 14
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 12
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 9
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Ward Prowse, James Southampton FC 6





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