Liverpool strike first with Fabinho

Liverpool F.C. striked a major coup by signing versatile Brazilian midfielder Fábio Henrique Tavares a.k.a. Fabinho from Monaco. The announcement could not have come at a better time. Liverpool, having just lost the Champions League final on Saturday, needed something to cheer their fans up. Kudos to Liverpool’s recruitment team for getting this deal done fast. This is a leaf straight out of Bayern’s book, who are known for announcing top signings after disappointing results.

In Fabinho, Jurgen Klopp obtains a young player who can occupy multiple defensive positions. The Brazilian also has a Ligue 1 medal to his name, won in the 2016-2017 season by overthrowing  Qatar-backed Paris St Germain. With this 45m euros signing, Liverpool chairman Werner keeps his word of backing his manager in the transfer market. Even though Emre Can should be departing Anfield, Klopp has already added two midfielders to his squad with Fabinho and Naby Keita, who was signed a year ago from Leipzig in a deal which required the Guinean international to stay in the Bundesliga for another year. There will be no World Cup for the two players (Guinea did not qualify and Brazilian coach Tite did not pick Fabinho). This is good news for Liverpool fans as both players will be well-rested and be with the club for their whole pre-season.

Liverpool have acted fast and already lead their fellow top six teams in the Premier League in terms of squad strengthening. The two Manchester clubs and Arsenal are also in the market for a player with Fabinho’s quality but so far we have only heard weak rumors. United could yet sign Brazilian Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, who would be quite a catch. It’s safe to say an exciting transfer window lies ahead.

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