New signing Fabinho got his second taste of action in a Liverpool shirt on Tuesday night as his side overcame League Two Tranmere 3-2. Whilst the Reds were always expected to win the match, Fabinho put in a very confident performance, leaving fans in awe of their new midfield maestro.
The performance was the complete opposite of Fabinho's debut match, which saw Liverpool defeat Chester 7-0. The Brazilian played the first 45 minutes of the tie, but struggled greatly, with his passing and movement leaving a lot to be desired. Manager Jurgen Klopp admitted after the match that Fabinho needed 'a few more days' to adapt to the way Liverpool like to play.
Clearly, Klopp knew what he was talking about. Only a few days later and Fabinho looks as if he has adapted to Liverpool's style already. The 24-year-old put in a dominant performance, reminding fans why Liverpool invested so heavily in him. Those fans took to Twitter to express their joy.
Fabinho is unsurprisingly smooth and classy.— Sir Colin Shuttlecock (@iamsircolin) July 10, 2018
Fabinho and Keita have slotted in so well today. I think Klopp might be happier with the former Monaco man's efforts today at least. Ojo impressive.— LFCZA 🇿🇦 (@LFCZA) July 10, 2018
On a positive, Fabinho looks quality— The Liverpool Way ❤️YNWA🏆 (@EssexLFC1) July 10, 2018
Fabinho has been everywhere, looks a very good buy— Nay Byrne (@naybyrne9) July 10, 2018
Liverpool were clearly the stronger team on paper, but fans were relieved to see Fabinho perform to the level which they expected of him. After a disappointing debut, it appears as though Fabinho was determined to prove that his poor performance was simply a one-off, and not indicative of his true level.
I know it's a Tranmere, but Fabinho looks like a Rolls Royce of a player.— Red Machine (@AshiqueNasar) July 10, 2018
If you can appreciate Fabinho’s role in this team then he can only be described as utterly stunning. I’m gobsmacked by how intelligent he is. Early shout: He outperforms Keita this season.— Mark Harrison (@MarkLouis81) July 10, 2018
Liverpool built up a three-goal advantage in the first half with goals from Rafael Camacho, Sheyi Ojo and Adam Lallana. Despite their strong performance, one of the main talking points from the game will undoubtedly be goalkeeper Loris Karius, who made a costly error to gift Tranmere their first goal of the contest.
In his second appearance since his calamitous Champions League final display, Karius spilled a routine free kick to the feet of Johnny Smith, who capitalised for a simple finish.