Rio Ferdinand declares Liverpool star is “invaluable” after Bayern Munich display
The Brazilian deputised in defence against Bayern and produced a composed, assured display in Virgil van Dijk’s absence
Rio Ferdinand hailed “invaluable” Fabinho after the Brazilian’s display at the heart of
Liverpool’s defence against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.
With Virgil van Dijk out through suspension and Dejan Lovren injured, midfielder Fabinho deputised alongside Joel Matip.
Up against the Champions League’s top goalscorer this term, Robert Lewandowski, the summer signing from Monaco impressed.
He thwarted the Polish poacher seven minutes into the second half with a fine challenge on the edge of the six-yard box and offered an assured presence.
“I thought he was fantastic,” declared Ferdinand, speaking on BT Sport .
“I think for any player to come into the backline in such a big game – all eyes on him – especially having to replace the talisman, the best player in Virgil van Dijk, he did an admirable job.
“I thought every question asked of him he answered well, in the right way. He was aggressive when he needed to be.
“These kind of players are invaluable to a team; someone who can fill in, in variable positions – he can play right back, centre-half now, centre midfield. He scores goals and he’s having a great impact on this team. Very, very positive.”
The Brazilian kept Lewandowski in check
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Ferdinand’s former United and England colleague Owen Hargreaves echoed his sentiments, and stated his belief that the Brazil international will start all important games from here on in.
“Good player, a very very good player,” said Hargreaves. “And I think he makes Liverpool better.
“He starts every game now that really means something.
“He’s become so important.