In his biggest ever test in a Liverpool jersey; Fabinho flopped. If there had ever been a crash course in premier league Premier League football, he would testify quickly.
Frenetic and insane, this clash between two of England's greatest titans – as you would expect – was overdriven. At times it was all too much for the Brazilian.
Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp said in September that the £ 43.7m Monaco arrival could take six months to adapt to English football. In this regard, Klopp's statement seems to be quite generous.
Jürgen Klopp said that Fabinho needed time to adapt to English football and he showed why
Fabinho was booked out in the first half and was lucky enough to miss a red spot for Mesut Ozil
Klopp predicted that Fabinho would need six months to adapt – that looks generous now
It was not for the lack of work, mind you. He tried. So much effort. However, maintaining such a level of work rate and disallowing the decline in quality is the true hallmark of a footballer of the highest caliber.
Here in the Emirates, Fabinho had done everything to keep going. Do not miss the meeting.
Before his start against the Gunners was his only other Premier League action in a 21-minute cameo against Huddersfield before he played the entire 90 minutes of the victory against Cardiff last weekend. Fabinho, welcome to the Premier League.
Fabinho's problems are not at work, but the pace of the game left him behind
Arsenal against Liverpool is a serious business – he knows that now. With Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita returning from injury, Fabinho could be back on the edge in the not too distant future.
After Fabinho was already booked, he pulled out a late red card after rattling against Mesut Ozil in the second half. That would have been unfair.
Of course it will be much easier. Not all opponents will be as good as Arsenal. In fact, the Gunners under Unai Emery have shown a tremendous improvement, and Fabinho has now learned first-hand what it takes to reach the mark in Anfield. It is up to him to prove that he can make the necessary improvements in his game.
Lucas Torreira looked in the midfield of the arsenal against Liverpool
The 25-year-old was largely overshadowed in midfield by fellow South American rival Lucas Torreira, who is gaining in size with each appearance.
Like Fabinho, the Arsenal midfielder was admitted to English football, but since his first appearance in the Premier League against Everton on September 23, the Uruguayans have been a revelation.
Granit Xhaka, whose improvement was significantly improved under Emery, Torreira helped the Gunners to control the midfield for much of the game. Terrific, the midfielder who came to Sampdoria for £ 26.4m was relentless in his work. Recover or collect the ball before handing it over to an attacking player.
Torreira helped the Gunners control the midfield for much of the Saturday night
Everything is very simple. Everything very effective. Arsenal has been screaming for years for a central midfielder of his type. If you have previously signed, maybe a certain Frenchman is still in the Dugout.
In the end, Torreira and his team got the point their performance deserved. Despite their 12 unbeaten run – including 11 victories – the jury at the Emery Arsenal remained undecided. These results came against teams who expect to beat them.
The two games against the first six opponents – Manchester City and Chelsea – have both lost. Liverpool was a test to see how far they actually got under Emery. You clearly passed it.
Arsene Wenger would have half expected that Arsenal would give up after the start of James Milner. That is no longer the case. In fact, Torreira's steely and stubborn midfield is one of the keys to Arsenal's newly discovered backbone. The Uruguayan has raised his game since his arrival in England. Fabinho has to follow suit.