EPL: How Jurgen Klopp convinced Fabinho to join Liverpool not Manchester United

Aubrey Yates
May 30, 2018

Liverpool have completed a deal worth almost £44million for Monaco's Fabinho. In his early days, he played as a marauding right-back, however, he has since been converted into a central midfielder.

Fabinho began his professional career in Portugal with Rio Ave. But, Liverpool seems to have done the deed quickly, snapping Fabinho up from AS Monaco.

Fabinho, a Ligue 1 victor and Champions League semifinalist with Monaco two seasons ago, said his compatriot Firmino had also played a part in his decision. Following Fabinho's arrival, Klopp said the 24-year-old is capable of playing in several positions.

"We will certainly know more after the World Cup".

"He has ability and mentality to play at the highest level in a number of positions", said the German.

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Some eagle-eyed supporters have now figured out what Liverpool use for their signings after the Merseyside club pulled off the impressive coup of adding versatile Brazil global Fabinho to their ranks this week.

Liverpool have signed a player that has shown himself to be a consistent performer. Fabinho can then slot across into the space they vacate to thwart counter-attacks.

What will Liverpool's midfield look like next season? Considering the fee, Liverpool managed to pull off a bargain on a player that can be so important for them. Liverpool have had more trouble under Klopp when teams put 10 men behind the ball and sit deep.

That's because they can offer Fekir Champions League football next season and have a far more solid set-up at Anfield. Keita, and perhaps Fekir, will be tasked with improving that while Fabinho provides the platform. That leaves one midfield slot up for grabs.

Emre Can is on the brink of joining Juventus, but Liverpool still have Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum to choose from.

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