Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Liverpool's Fabinho: Jurgen Klopp Roberto Firmino persuaded me to join

Liverpool's Fabinho: Jurgen Klopp Roberto Firmino persuaded me to join

Liverpool have once again kept their transfer plans close to their chest after they announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fabinho from Monaco last night.

"And I think Liverpool's rebuilding is, I say easy, 'cause it's never easy, I mean easy in the sense that [Manchester City boss] Pep Guardiola previous year knew he needed a keeper and two full-backs".

"This is something that I always wanted - this is a giant of a team".

Liverpool and Lyon are continuing talks over a deal for Fekir, though, as the two club's look to meet a price that suits both parties.

"He explained to me his way of working, his training, the history of the club and it's structures". Hopefully, on a personal level, I am able to win titles with this club'.

The 24-year-old Fabinho, who has made four global appearances for Brazil, scored 31 goals for Monaco.

He becomes Liverpool's second summer arrival of a potentially busy window with RB Leipzig enforcer Naby Keita also agreeing joining on July 1.

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Fabinho is seen as a replacement for Emre Can, who is out of contract at Anfield and has been linked with a move to Juventus. In his early days, he played as a marauding right-back, however, he has since been converted into a central midfielder.

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has hailed Liverpool's £39 million signing of Fabinho from French side Monaco.

It begins: "Jurgen Klopp looked ahead to Saturday's Champions League final with Real Madrid and declared: 'We are here because we are Liverpool'".

But despite his initial suggestion Fekir could play in Firmino's false 9 spot, L'Equipe journalist Erik Bielderman conceded that Fekir playing in the no.10 role previously occupied by Coutinho would be the most likely position for the potential new signing to play.

The 24-year-old spent five years at Monaco, making 233 appearances and scoring 31 goals, during which time the principality side challenged Paris Saint-Germain for top honours.

Much of his best work is exactly what you would expect from a player in this position: he ranked very highly in Ligue 1 last season for duel success, tackles won and aerial dominance.

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