Neville: “Fabinho is a top player”

Gary Neville has no more doubts over Fabinho’s credentials as a “top player” following his performance for Liverpool against Manchester United last week

Following his £39m transfer from AS Monaco in the summer, Fabinho struggled to break into the Liverpool team and was left out of their opening eight Premier League games.

But recently the Brazilian midfielder has begun to demonstrate his true potential with impressive performances against United last week and Wolves on Friday.

Despite having initial doubts over whether Fabinho would be able to cope with Premier League football, United great Neville has made a u-turn.

“He got a little bit of criticism a few games ago, against Arsenal, when he didn’t do too well and I had wondered whether he would adapt to the pace,” Neville told Sky Sports, via Daily Mirror.

“But last week against Manchester United he was fantastic.

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“What I liked about him was sometimes you see a defensive midfield player and they play horizontally, the shuffle across horizontally, they pass horizontally.

“He actually moved up the pitch. He was up in the game, backing up at the edge of the box. His pass for the first goal was absolutely fantastic, cut United open.

“Last week was the first time I saw him put in a performance where I thought ‘this looks like a top player’.

“Obviously we know he’s top player but you just think is he going to settle into this Liverpool team?

“It looked like a slow start but now it looks he’s delivering what Jurgen Klopp wanted him to.”

Fabinho provided Mohamed Salah with an assist for Liverpool’s opening goal of the game in their 2-0 win against Wolves with Virgil van Dijk scoring the other.

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