How Fabinho struck the right notes to lead Liverpool’s rhythm section

Reds have not lost any of the 30 league games Fabinho has started for them since the former right-back signed in 2018

Of all the stellar contributions Roberto Firmino has made to Liverpool’s success under Jürgen Klopp, perhaps the most invaluable came on an occasion he was on international duty. Renowned for his unselfishness, the modest Brazilian, who once claimed: “I would even play in goal if it helped the team,” could scarcely have done more to help the collective cause than persuade one of his compatriots to join the club. “Fabinho spoke to me when we played at the national team,” he recalled. “Later on he had a good chat with me about Liverpool and immediately I pressed the buttons.”

And how. The correct combination entered, a £43m move from Monaco was agreed in May 2018, Fabinho choosing Liverpool over Manchester United and Arsenal, among other suitors. “Bobby played an important role in me coming here,” he revealed. “I’d spoken to him about what it is like at the club and what the city is like, as well as good areas to live.” His recruitment work done, Agent Firmino was free to focus on his own game while Liverpool’s coaching staff set about whipping the new acquisition into shape.

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