Liverpool complete Fabinho signing as Monaco midfielder joins in £45m transfer

31 May, 2018, 17:22 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Liverpool transfer news Nabil Fekir

Fabinho will not be the only new midfielder at Anfield for the 2018-19 season as the beaten Champions League finalists previously announced a deal for RB Leipzig's Guinea global Naby Keita.

Liverpool have already moved quickly this window with the announcement of the signing of Monaco midfielder Fabinho.

Fabinho told Liverpoolfc.com: "I am really excited about this move". A football club of this size coming after my services? Hopefully, on a personal level, I'm able to win titles.

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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Fekir is an attacking midfielder who predominantly plays through the middle but he can also play on the wing so he'd give Klopp plenty of options if he does complete a move to Anfield.

Fekir enjoyed a stellar season with Lyon, scoring 18 goals and creating seven more in Ligue 1 as they finished third behind Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.

Liverpool reached a Champions League final with a midfield that had little interest, or capability, to dictate games through possession - hence why their games can appear a little helter-skelter.

When his Monaco teammates Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko made their moves to England, Fabinho was expected to join the Red Devils.

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"He is tactically very strong and football smart", Klopp added. "Also, worldwide caps for Brazil tells you something about him".

He's more than comfortable operating at right-back though, the position he originated in.

Liverpool are lacking the squad depth to properly compete for the Premier League title while also fighting for domestic and European cup competitions.

Despite Jurgen Klopp's side just losing the Champions League final this weekend, one can only imagine what the manager could do with a squad of this talent available to him.

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Les Bleus will also host Italy in Nice on Friday and the United States in Lyon on June 9, with their opening World Cup fixture against Australia in Kazan on June 16. Another great advantage with this signing is that the German manager will be able to work with his latest player throughout the pre-season as Fabinho did not make Tite's Brazilian squad that will travel to Russian Federation for the World Cup.

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