There were concerns ahead of the game over whether the Brazilian would be able to match Werner in terms of pace, but he more than kept up with the No. 11 throughout.
Fabinho made more tackles (four) and interceptions (four) than any other Liverpool player, with no player on the pitch contributing more than his eight combined.
One of those tackles was a brilliant stop as Werner surged towards him one-on-one, and after the game, Klopp praised his stand-in centre-back for shackling a player he admires greatly, having hoped to sign him earlier in the summer.
“Come on, Timo is a top player. With space, there is no real football tactic which can defend him when he has the ball,” the manager told Sky Sports.
“But Fabinho is obviously a pretty good challenger, good in one-on-one situations, and did outstandingly well.
“If Sadio didn’t score two goals, I think the Man of the Match contender would have been Fabinho.”
In his post-match press conference, Klopp echoed this sentiment further, describing it as a “proper performance” from Fabinho.
It is not an ideal scenario, given how strong the No. 3 is in midfield, but the standard of his performance against Chelsea, up against an elite striker in Werner, suggests he is more than capable of filling in when required.
This display could help convince Klopp that a fourth-choice centre-back is not needed in the final weeks of the transfer window, though this is still debatable due to the ongoing fitness issues of Gomez and, particularly, Matip.