Adrian Clarke looks at key tactical points in Matchweek 36.
The Brazilian initially took time to adapt to the physical demands of the Premier League after arriving from Monaco in the summer of 2018.
But in the last 18 months he has been consistently outstanding.
Fabinho gives Jurgen Klopp’s midfield great balance, providing security for the defence and economical distribution.
But Fabinho’s goals this season have proved he is no ordinary or limited holding midfielder.
In recent weeks the 26-year-old has also conjured up a pair of brilliant assists.
It should be noted that Fabinho scored 22 league goals in his final three seasons with Monaco.
The fact he was the French side's main penalty-taker shows he is a trusted finisher and has the technique to find the back of the net more regularly.
As his confidence continues to grow in a Liverpool shirt, it is likely he will step forward and spend more time inside the opposition half.
Do not be surprised if his tallies for goals and assists rise again in 2020/21.
And with captain Henderson out injured, Fabinho is likely to be the Reds’ main man in the middle. He is perfectly capable of dictating the match at Emirates Stadium.
But Fabinho will be facing one of Arsenal’s in-form players, Dani Ceballos, who has blossomed since the season resumed in June.
The Spaniard’s displays alongside Granit Xhaka have given the Gunners more stability in midfield than at any other stage of the campaign.
|Stats per 90 mins||Ceballos||Fabinho|
|Total minutes played||592||450|
|Long passes completed||2.6||3.4|
|Shots (incl. blocked)||0.3||0.8|
|Open-play chances created||1.1||0.4|
Ceballos has improved his off-the-ball work, regaining possession and making interceptions even more frequently than Fabinho since the restart.
It will, however, be a tall order for him to dominate a player of Fabinho’s quality in north London.
Klopp’s central midfield dictator has oozed class in 2019/20, and is only getting better.