Liverpool's Sadio Mane (centre) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with his teammates during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. (Image: Michael Regan/PA Wire/PA Images)

“Super Sadio” & “monster” Fabinho lauded as emphatic Liverpool leave Chelsea feeling blue

There was plenty of love for both Sadio Mane and Fabinho after Liverpool walked away from Stamford Bridge with all three points on Sunday evening.

The Reds made the trip to the capital to meet Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, a side many expect to bridge the gap in 2020/21, on Sunday in search of their second successive victory.

And it was one they clinched with authority, with the Blues hardly given the opportunity to lay a hand on Jurgen Klopp‘s side.

A red card at the end of the first half assisted Liverpool in asserting their dominance in possession in the second, one which debutant Thiago certainly took advantage of – as did Mane.

The No. 10 scored two in the space of four minutes early in the second half, first with a wonderfully directed header and then he was duly rewarded for a pressure act which turned up the heat on the already under fire Kepa Arrizabalaga.

It was a training ground formality from that point on, with Alisson denying Jorginho from the spot to preserve a clean sheet and safely take all three points back to Merseyside.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 20, 2020: Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp embraces Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' after the FA Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

The match-winner and the man on debut caught most of the headlines, but the performance of Fabinho, who slotted in at centre-back in the absence of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, was widely praised by his teammates.

And Alisson, when speaking to LFCTV, spoke glowingly of his national compatriot and voiced his satisfaction of the team performance which returned three points and a valuable clean sheet:

“It is perfect, three points and a clean sheet – it is something that we chase also, not only the three points and something that was a long time that we didn’t get it.

“It is good for the confidence of the team but it is always a massive win against Chelsea away, we know how hard it is and I don’t need to tell you, but we did a really good job here.

“I think in the Premier League it was the third penalty I had the chance to save but I didn’t save against Man City but he shot it out so you can put it on my count that one!

“I’m really happy because the Community Shield we lost and penalties and when the goalie doesn’t save any then you stay a little bit down, but the secret is to keep on going and we did it together [the goalkeeping department].

“[Fabinho] was a monster! Unbelievable, but it is what I expect of him. If it is a surprise for you, I would be surprised because he is a top player anywhere he plays.

“He always does his best and his quality permits him to play in different positions and he’s a really smart player. I congratulate him for, in my opinion, Man of the Match.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 20, 2020: Liverpool players celebrate the opening goal with a header during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

And Fabinho‘s partner at the back in Virgil van Dijk was equally thrilled with the No. 3’s performance, as he was with the level of concentration and domination shown by the Reds throughout at Stamford Bridge:

“I just told him as well I think he was Man of the Match. To keep out a striker like [Timo] Werner and don’t let him score, overall he was outstanding.

“It was always going to be tough, no matter the circumstances, no matter how they play or who was playing.

“It was a good performance overall. It’s not nice to give a penalty away and it was bit unlucky from Thiago [Alcantara], I think. But overall we dominated.

“Obviously the red card helps a little bit, we can’t deny that, but even before that we created moments of danger and we were very concentrated and very ready to get the good result.”

And the players were quick to take to Instagram after the game to celebrate the win and laud the performance of their teammates.

“Super Sadio” received adulation from both James Milner and Andy Robertson, with the Scot declaring the day “Sadio Sunday,” taking over from the club’s two new signings:

Speaking of a new signing, Thiago was thrilled to have made his “red debut” and commended a “great team effort” as he sealed a victory on his first outing with the club just two days after signing:

For Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino, it was a “top performance” and another which can act as a springboard for the season ahead:

Finally, the midfield brigade of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum were delighted with the “big win” and an important one on the road against a top half of the table rival:

The vast majority of Klopp’s senior contingent will now be handed a deserved seven-day break before they meet Arsenal at Anfield, with those on the fringe and the younger members of the squad to meet Lincoln on Thursday.

The third round tie against the Imps will present a chance for some to stake their claim and secure passage into the fourth round against either Leicester or Arsenal.