Fabinho impressed at the back in Liverpool’s draw with Bayern Munich (Picture: Getty)Andrew Robertson heaped praise on Fabinho after the Brazilian’s accomplished performance in central defence during Liverpool’s goalless draw with Bayern Munich.
Virgil van Dijk was suspended for the first leg of the Champions League last-16 clash and an injury to Dejan Lovren meant Jurgen Klopp was left with little option but to play Fabinho at centre-back alongside Joel Matip.
While Fabinho’s preferred position is in central midfield, the former Monaco man impressed at the back, winning challenge after challenges against Bayern’s forwards at Anfield.
Asked about Fabinho’s display after the final whistle, Robertson told BT Sport: ‘Yeah, different class.
‘The good thing is we haven’t had a game in ten days so me and Fab have been working together in training and trying to work on a partnership.
‘Of course he would prefer not to be playing there but I thought he did a great job for us.
Andrew Robertson praised Fabinho after the draw (Picture: Getty)‘He put in some great tackles in the box but of course we’ve got Virg back for the next leg but Fab did the job we needed to do.
‘We all stuck by him, we all protected him. But he didn’t need it.’
Mane wasted several chances against Bayern (Picture: Getty)Klopp believes Liverpool came away with an ‘okay’ result from the first leg despite a number of missed chances.
‘On the game, we made our life a bit difficult today with the last pass,’ the German said.
‘I don’t know how often, maybe 10 to 12 times, there was a promising situation either a counter-attack or on the edge of the box but we immediately shot [the ball] into their legs. It doesn’t make too much sense.
‘The positive of course is the result, it’s the best possible draw you can get but we can play better, we should play better.
‘Tonight it was a big fight. In the first half we had the bigger chances, I can’t remember chances for both sides second half so… the other game was 0-0 so it was not a Champions League night obviously from that point of view.
‘But for us it’s absolutely okay, the tie is not over. We had to create a basis tonight which we can use in the second leg and the result is absolutely okay.
‘It’s not a dream result but it’s a good one and we can work with that.’
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