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Liverpool's Van Dijk paid tribute to his teammate Fabinho.

Van Dijk impressed with Fabinho's display at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho of Liverpool FC [Getty]
Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho of Liverpool FC [Getty]

Virgil van Dijk praised midfielder Fabinho's Man of the Match performance against Chelsea on Sunday.

With Joe Gomez and Joel Matip ruled out of the game at Stamford Bridge, the Brazilian played beside Van Dijk at the heart of the Reds' defence that eventually kept a clean sheet against Frank Lampard's 10-man Blues.

And, following the 2-0 victory, Dutch defender Van Dijk hailed Fabinho's composed display against the west London side.

“Outstanding,” the Dutchman told of Fabinho.

“I just told him as well I think he was Man of the Match. To keep out a striker like [Timo] Werner and don’t let him score, overall he was outstanding.

“Everyone knows how good he is but it shows also that we need everyone. We are a bit unlucky with the injuries now but we’ll need everyone back because it’s such a long season.”

Fabinho made a total of four tackles and four interceptions while completing 86 of his 89 passes on the day.

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