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Derby Intensity Not A Surprise for Fabinho

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho says he was not surprised by the intensity and atmosphere of Sunday’s Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield. The Brazilian played in the Reds’ last gasp 1-0 win over their neighbours.

Divock Origi struck in the 95 th minute to give the Reds the points and Fabinho, playing in his first Merseyside derby, says he was all too aware of what the match meant to fans of Liverpool and Everton.

“I knew that this city lived for the derby. I remember talking about it in an interview three months ago and as time went by you could see how much anticipation among the fans there was for this fixture,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“The game was great for us, we played well with a good rhythm and we created a lot of chances. I think for everything we did in the game we deserved the victory, even though the goal came in the most unexpected circumstances.

“It was probably one of the few plays in the game which I didn’t expect a goal to come from, but we’re really happy with the win and the way that we won. It was what I expected [in terms of intensity].

“Premier League games are generally very tough and intense, but derbies are derbies: you don’t want to lose a single tackle or a 50-50 and everyone wants to be giving 100 per cent.

“It was a really tough game and we could feel our legs tiring in the last 10 minutes, but we wanted to get the victory. It was a tough, difficult game and their team didn’t just defend - they came out and attacked, which I think contributed to a great game.

“They came to play. It was a tough, tiring game, but when you come out victorious, you’re really happy with the reward.”


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