Liverpool: Virgil van Dijk’s reaction to Fabinho’s Carabao Cup final penalty

  • Rob Swan
'No respect!' - Virgil van Dijk was all of us after watching Fabinho's Carabao Cup final penalty

Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable penalty during Sunday’s Carabao Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea has deservedly received widespread praise, but let’s take a moment to appreciate the audacity of Fabinho’s spot-kick during the same shoot-out.

After James Milner and Marcos Alonso successfully converted, Fabinho stepped up to take the shoot-out’s third penalty.

The Brazilian midfielder, who’s made such a big impact at Anfield since joining the Reds from AS Monaco in 2018, took a deep breath while Chelsea’s substitute goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga moved from side to side and raised his arms.

It appeared that Kepa, who replaced the impressive Edouard Mendy specifically for the shoot-out, was trying to psych out Liverpool’s No. 3.

But Fabinho responded by producing one of the coolest Panenka penalties you’re ever likely to see in a cup final shoot-out.

You can watch Fabinho’s penalty here:

That is different class.

It was reminiscent of Andrea Pirlo’s famous Panenka penalty against England’s Joe Hart at Euro 2012.

Here’s some of the reaction to Fabinho’s magnificent spot-kick:

To have the ability to execute a penalty like that in a cup final, in front of 85,000 viewers and millions more watching around the globe, and against the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, takes serious bottle and self-confidence.

Fabinho isn’t a flashy footballer by any stretch of the imagination; however, he is a player with sublime technical qualities.

Liverpool went on to lift the Carabao Cup after scoring all 11 of their penalties. Kepa missed the decisive spot-kick for Chelsea, shooting high over Caoimhin Kelleher’s crossbar.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: (L – R) Diogo Jota, Caoimhin Kelleher, Naby Keita, Fabinho, Ibrahima Konate, Divock Origi and Diogo Jota of Liverpool celebrate after victory in the Carabao Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on February 27, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Van Dijk loved Fabinho’s penalty in Carabao Cup final

Van Dijk was in awe of Fabinho’s audacious penalty.

The talismanic Dutch defender said to camera: “No respect! The chip, though…”

Watch that clip here:

But who’s penalty was better: Fabinho’s or Van Dijk’s?

It’s a tough one, so we’ll let you be the judge of that.

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