The doubt that enshrouded the early months of Fabinho’s time at Anfield may have completely disappeared but the proof of his value to Liverpool is shown best in three substitute appearances.
Again, this time against Tottenham at Anfield, Fabinho galvanised Liverpool when he was introduced in the 77th minute. He got them further up the field, injected impetus and urgency to their play but until Huge Lloris spilled Mohamed Salah’s header, it looked like too little, too late.
His occasional omission from Liverpool’s starting line-up is starting to become a cause for uncertainty among supporters.
It was the same in Munich in March, when he was left on the bench in favour of Jurgen Klopp’s seemingly most trusted midfield trip of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum.
An early injury to Liverpool’s captain saw Fabinho enter the fray after only 13 minutes and while it was not his most flawless game of the season, he was key in Klopp’s side picking off the German champions and winning 3-1.
It was a similar tale away to Manchester City in January, when Liverpool were not as fortunate as they were against Tottenham on Sunday.