Rio Ferdinand raves about ‘invaluable’ Liverpool FC star

The Man United legend heaps praise on Fabinho for his performance in Liverpool FC's 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich on Tuesday night

Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand (Photo: BT Sport)

Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Liverpool FC’s “invaluable” Fabinho after the summer signing impressed in Tuesday night’s goallless draw with Bayern Munich.

Jurgen Klopp was left with no option but to field Fabinho in an unorthodox centre-half role as club record signing Virgil van Dijk served his one-game suspension.

World Cup finalist Dejan Lovren was sidelined with an injury problem to force Klopp to partner Joel Matip with Fabinho for the visit of Germany’s most decorated club.

While Liverpool FC’s attack underwhelmed with their poor finishing on Tuesday night, Fabinho impressed with a composed performance at the back up against Robert Lewandowski.

The 25-year-old won two aerial duals and completed two successful tackles to keep Bayern at bay in the first leg of their round of 16 clash.

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand, who won the Champions League in 2008, was impressed with Fabinho’s display in an unfamiliar role.

“I thought he was fantastic,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“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.”

Liverpool FC signed Fabinho in a £39m deal from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in the 2018 summer transfer window.

Klopp initially used the Brazilian midfielder sparingly as the former Real Madrid star adapted to his style of play.

However, Fabinho has blossomed into a key player for Liverpool FC over the past few months.

Liverpool FC will make the trip to Manchester United on Sunday.

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