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Brazilian midfielder Fabinho has been explaining how keen he was to make the switch to Liverpool last year.

The 25-year-old was signed by Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp from Monaco for £39million during the 2018 summer transfer window and despite a slow start, he has established himself as a regular and his performances continue to see him receive rave reviews.

West Ham star Declan Rice recently described him as the best deep-lying midfielder in world football while his manager says he is without question “a very smart footballer”. Often referred to as mix of Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso, Fabinho is a key member of Klopp’s squad.
Liverpool FC ProgrammeCommenting on his desire to play for Liverpool and the time it admittedly took him to adapt, Fabinho told the official Liverpool FC match-day programme: “After five seasons at Monaco I knew it was the right time to leave, to look for the step-up in my career. I wanted to sign for a big club.

“I had no doubt that I wanted to come to Liverpool, so much so that when the transfer window opened, the deal was immediately made official.

“It really is a huge club, one of the biggest in the world. The club has great ambition and that is what I wanted in my career, so I’m very happy to be here.

“I knew that the move would require me to adapt: to a new training method, a new league, a new country completely different from the one I was used to.

“In the beginning I needed to be patient. I constantly looked to learn from the coaches and the players who’d been here longer. I also think it was important that were players from my country here who helped me to communicate.

“I needed to be patient at that time, but it was a good experience. Now after a year in Liverpool I feel I’ve adapted to the country, and I like the city. The league is excellent, for me the best in the world.

“So I needed to adapt but once you do, things become easier.”