Adrian pretends to kick ball away as Fabinho pdoduces incredible goal-line clearance v Ajax

Jurgen Klopp turned to Fabinho as Liverpool played their first match since Virgil van Dijk sustained a serious knee injury against Everton last weekend.

Fabinho partnered Joe Gomez in central defence for the Reds’ first group-stage match of the 2020-21 Champions League against Ajax in Amsterdam.

And the versatile Brazilian midfielder produced a performance that Van Dijk himself would have been proud of.

Liverpool won the match thanks to a Nicolas Tagliafico own goal in the first half.

But without Fabinho, the Reds may not have sealed all three points.

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Shortly before half-time, the Brazil international kept Liverpool’s clean sheet intact with a stunning goal-line clearance.

Dusan Tadic thought he’d equalised after lobbing Adrian, who was positioned inside his six-yard box, but Fabinho appeared from nowhere to acrobatically clear his lines.

Watch Fabinho’s superb goal-line clearance here…

That was reminiscent of James Milner’s goal-line clearance against Bournemouth last season.

On closer inspection, eagle-eyed fans also spotted an amusing moment from Adrian.

As Fabinho produced his clearance, the Liverpool goalkeeper pretended to kick the ball.

Watch it here…