Ex-Red Murphy: Fabinho showed confidence and calmness Liverpool paid money for
- Danny piles praise on the Brazilian, saying he put in a 'superb' performance in a 3-0 win vs the Cherries.
- He adds the midfielder was brave to play forward passes in nervy moments of the game.
- Murphy claims the 25-year-old has become a key cog in Klopp's machine and will keep his spot in XI if he stays fit.
"I thought it was a superb performance from Fabinho," he said. "At times when there were a few nerves about which is understandable after the last couple of games, he was tenuous, he was calm and at Anfield when it a bit edgy you need someone who is brave enough to play forward passed and not worry about losing the ball.
"He did that really, really well. Bournemouth actually started the game quite well. They had a good shape and Liverpool were finding it difficult to break them down. Fabinho kept probing, giving Liverpool the impetus and wearing Bournemouth down as time went by.
It’s been said before, but Fabinho is to our midfield what Van Dijk is to our defense. Another immense performance.— LFC Torres (@WC_LFC_Torres) February 9, 2019
"He’s settled into the role really well and I think he’s shown the confidence and calmness that Liverpool have paid the money for," Murphy added. "He is criticised at times for his lack of creativity but that type of pass [for Salah early in the game, but Mo shot wide] is what I’m talking about.
"Having that desire to get on the ball and break up play, getting Liverpool on the attack. It was a flawless performance from him and I think he’s probably made that position he’s own if he stays fit."