Fabinho impressed BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand with his performance at centre-back for Liverpool against Bayern Munich last night.

The Brazilian was filling in for Virgil van Dijk as the Dutchman was serving a one-match suspension for accumulating too many yellow cards during the group stages earlier this season.

Having played at centre half already for the Reds, it came as no surprise to Liverpool fans but his prowess in defensive situations might have surprised people who don’t watch him as much.

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Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand said: “I thought Fabinho was fantastic.”

“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.”

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