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An own goal from Nicolás Tagliafico helped Liverpool to a winning start in the Champions League with Fabinho taking the role of Virgil van Dijk at centre back.

The midfielder was thrown into the last line of defence in the Dutchman’s absence and was solid.

“Was there pressure on the situation? Yes, it’s clear for the two in the back, 100%… Fabinho can play the position, he likes playing it,” manager Jurgen Klopp told reporters.

“I’m not surprised he plays well in the position otherwise we would have thought about a different solution, even when that would have been properly tricky. I’m really pleased for him … it gave him confidence, for sure helped us.

“If I would have asked him to play right back I don’t think he’d enjoy it as much as he’s enjoying the centre half position. In our situation … we have to keep those boys fit and then they can of course help us a lot.”

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