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Fabinho has become Liverpool's most important player, and he showed why vs. Tottenham

LIVERPOOL, England -- A year ago, the "What about him? Why is he not playing?" questions stopped as Fabinho finally started a Premier League game for Liverpool.

Cardiff City were the visitors to Anfield on that afternoon and Fabinho was superb, playing a part in Sadio Mane's opener before supplying Mohamed Salah for the third goal in a 4-1 victory.

The influence of the Brazil international over the 12 months since is so pronounced that Liverpool supporters spent Sunday evening, the aftermath of a massive 2-1 home win over Tottenham that extended their lead at the top of the table to six points, fretting over him being one booking away from a suspension.