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Liverpool stretched their lead at the top of the table to seven points after a modest 1-0 win against Brighton. This will further put pressure on Manchester City, who face Wolves on Monday. Both teams failed to create many chances and eventually, it was Mohamed Salah’s second half penalty which decided the game. A cleansheet in his first league game in defence, we take a look at Fabinho’s performance against Brighton KEY STATS Minutes: 90 Tackles: 1 Aerial duels won: 3 Shots blocked: 8 Interceptions: 6 Clearances: 14 30-SECOND REPORT With Joel Matip still to return and Joe Gomez plus Dejan Lovren sidelined due to injury, Fabinho was asked to operate from the centre-back position by Jurgen Klopp. The Brazilian did a good job at a position he is not fashioned to function in. Arguably the best centre-back in Europe, Virgil van Dijk had yet another near-perfect game but Fabinho put on an equally impressive show by the Dutchman’s side. Positioning, tackling, blocking – Fabinho’s game had it all. The 25-year-old was one of the best players on the field and ensured that the leaders did not drop any points on their trip to Brighton. FT: Brighton 0 #LFC 1: Mo Salah’s penalty early in the second half enough to send Klopp’s side 7pts clear at the top of the PL table. Massive win. Wasn’t pretty and they had to dig deep. Fabinho the pick of the bunch.— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) January 12, 2019 GOT RIGHT Positioning: It’s never easy

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