Liverpool fans were delighted to see summer signing Fabinho finally showing what he is capable of the Reds after a slow start to life on Merseyside since joining from Monaco in the summer.
One man who may have felt less positive about the fine display in holding midfield is Matty Virtue.
The Reds’ under 23 captain has been in spectacular form for his side this campaign, almost seeing off his Manchester City counterpaarts single handedly.
With Fabinho struggling, that led to some claiming that Virtue’s fine form may see him knock on the door of the first team at Anfield.
Now though, and with so many other options in the likes of Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Georgino Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, Fabinho and even Xherdan Shaqiri, Virtue’s chances look limited.
Instead, the 21-year-old may now need to consider whether he needs to leave the club on loan in order to get the regular first team experience he needs to then return and prove a point.
He may have undoubted potential, but at 21-years-old he is far from the youngest player competing for a spot. Liverpool must be careful not to upset a potential gem yet Jurgen Klopp will know that he is not yet ready.