Leeds v Liverpool: Man of the Match

We take a look into today's man of the match performance from Liverpool's Fabinho. The Brazilian midfielder put in a sensational performance as Liverpool win 3-0 at Elland Road.
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And breathe. The game certainly lived up to expectation. After a fast start from Leeds, Liverpool settled down into the game very well. 

From then on, Liverpool controlled the game. Leeds went into this game like they always go into games, by attacking. 

Jurgen Klopp Marcelo Bielsa

What Leeds found out was, when you do attack like that against teams like Liverpool you do get punished. 

Liverpool took advantage of all the space given and should've really scored six or seven at least. Unfortunately the game and result was dampened by the injury to Harvey Elliott. 

Liverpool will be happy to come away with a comfortable win and a clean sheet but more so hoping a speedy recovery for Elliott

Fabinho will likely miss the Burnley game after the tragic death of his father.

There are a few candidates for today's man of the match. There were standout performances from Joel Matip, Mohamed Salah and Thiago Alcantara but my choice goes to Fabinho. 

When I say Liverpool controlled the game, it was mainly down to the midfield two and especially the Brazilian. The calmness and game intelligence of this guy is exceptional. 

This is exactly the kind of performance we missed last season when he was either covering defence or injured himself. Fabinho is normally known for his defensive attributes but today it was his passing and game management that have impressed me today. 

Mohamed Salah

When the game needed calming down, he took the ball under his feet and slowed it down. When there was a killer pass needed to open up the Leeds defence, he succeeded. When Leeds attacked, they left their defence exposed. 

This led to many counter attacks from Liverpool, which Fabinho started most of them from loose balls. Giving it through to the early runs made by Liverpool's front three. 

Early in the second half Fabinho, Fabinho finished off his man of the match performance with a deserved goal and putting the game to bed.

Fabinho is key to a Liverpool title challenge. If he can play like this often this season, we are in for a race. 

Fabinho