Crystal Palace gave Fabinho an awful lot of space to operate and join the attack, and he took full advantage of this. The Brazilian midfielder completed 92.7 percent of his passes and grew into the game. He had surprisingly little to do defensively, so he spent a lot of the game helping Liverpool recycle the ball in the attack, acting as a sort of “bridge” for the wide players and the forwards operating in the channels.
CM Thiago Alcantara
Another excellent performance from Thiago, who continues to show why he is a world-class midfielder. The Spanish international led the way defensively with five tackles, two interceptions, and some smart fouls. Thiago is relentless when attempting to recover the ball, and Liverpool created great chances of because of his ability to quickly win the ball back for the team. He fits the Reds perfectly, especially his pinpoint passes to the fullbacks or wingers.
CM Georginio Wijnaldum
After a couple of rough matches in what has been a down season for the Dutch midfielder, Gini Wijnaldum gave Kopites something to cheer on in what may have been his final match with Liverpool. Wijnaldum was tremendous offensively, showing his class with some trademark flicks into dangerous areas, creating chances with his body positioning and one-touch passes or feints. He completed three dribbles and had a subtle, but profound impact on the win for the Reds.