Liverpool have scored four goals over Crystal Palace last week to bring them to 102 in all competitions this season.
He observed Opta who have broken the sign of the century for the third consecutive season, reaching this feat for the first time since 1986/87.
The sensational records of the club’s top three players obviously played an important role in this. Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah collectively contributed half of the champion’s goal goal in 2019/20.
Add in the 15 goals that have assisted the other team members and two thirds of Liverpool̵
The other main creative threat comes from the full backs, who witnessed or scored 11 other goals that did not involve Firmino, Mane and Salah.
Liverpool could benefit from a greater contribution elsewhere, particularly when one or more of their most powerful attack quintets are absent.
Salah and Andy Robertson both lost the recent derby at Goodison Park and – while the correlation is not automatically causal – Jurgen Klopp’s team created very few notes.
With that in mind, should Fabinho offer more to the team’s attack? He has proven against Palace that he can provide more than he has for the club. The Brazilian played a sublime ball towards Salah towards the end of the first half, and Liverpool n. 11 went home like everyone else thought he would.
Although not identical, he recalled Fabinho’s assistance to Sadio Mane in last season’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United. Either way, the ex-Monaco man made a nice pass on defense to leave the attacker clean on goal.
He also scored his fabulous goal against the Eagles, which again sparked memories of Manchester. This time City came to mind, as his goal on Wednesday was similar – if even better – than he scored against the champions who will soon be laid in November.
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Fabinho’s efforts against Palace mean he has a total of three goals and five assists for Liverpool as his second season with the club is drawing to a close.
It certainly seems capable of providing more, however, and it is important to remember that much of what a player does is based on the instructions that are provided by their manager. Just because Fabinho hasn’t added much to the goals and helps the column doesn’t mean he can’t.
A look at his hit maps on UnderStat provides ample evidence of this. The 26-year-old made only five shots from within the Premier League penalty shoot-outs with Liverpool, with his header attempt against Newcastle in 2018 his only goal from that distance.
Yet he made nine shots – plus four penalties – in the opponent’s penalty areas in Ligue 1 during his last season with Monaco, and 12 excluded the penalties the year before while his team won the title.
It is a similar story with the possibility of creating. Fabinho has lined up 33 occasions for his Liverpool teammates in the league through his two campaigns with the club, but he has developed 36 only in 2017/18.
The standard of football in France is not as high as in England, so his figures are expected to have had a hit since joining Liverpool.
But his history with Monaco and the skill he showed in flash with the Reds show that he is able to add more assists and goals to his game. Whether it happens or not, it’s in Klopp’s tactical decisions as much as anything else.