Liverpool FC are making swift moves to overhaul their midfield and defence for the next Premier League season, after finishing runners-up in the Champions League and clinching a last-moment top-four finish in EPL. The Reds cemented their move to do so, by securing the services of the 24-year-old Brazilian defensive-midfielder from Monaco, where he made 225 appearances and scored 29 goals in five seasons with the French club. Fabinho will be joining the club at Anfield from July 1, 2018, and in this article, we look at 10 things that you should know about Liverpool Fabinho.
Here are 10 things that you should know about Liverpool’s latest signing Fabinho;
1. Didn’t make a single appearance for his former club, Fluminense FC
Playing for the football club in Brazil, Fluminense FC, which belonged to the top-tier of Brazilian football called the Brasileirão Série A, Fabinho didn’t make a single appearance. He was called into a first team squad for the only time on 20 May 2012, but stayed limited as an unused substitute in a 1–0 win over Corinthians for the season’s Série A. He ultimately left the club without making an appearance.
2. Fabinho wants to be a part of Liverpool history
On agreeing upon signing a long-term contract with Liverpool, Fabinho expressed gratitude and said that he wanted to be a part of the club’s history. He said, “I am really excited about this move. This is something that I always wanted – this is a giant of a team. The infrastructures of the club look exceptional.”
“I will try to create my own history at this football club. Hopefully, on a personal level, I’m able to win titles with this club. I will try to grow and learn and improve myself, and to be part of the club’s history.”
3. Joined Portuguese club Rio Ave in 2012 on a six-year deal
After leaving Fluminense FC, Fabinho moved on to Portugal’s Primeira Liga, and joined the club Rio Ave on a six-year-deal. Although Fabinho didn’t spend more than one season at Rio Ave, it was from here that the 24-year-old gained momentum and travelled to newer and bigger clubs to earn himself a reputation.
4. Fabinho has a ‘Real’ connection in La Liga
After one month at Rio Ave in Brasil, Liverpool Fabinho joined Real Madrid Castilla, or Real Madrid ‘B’, which plays in the second division of La Liga. He made his professional debut in the second division or ‘Segunda División’ on 17 August, 2012, playing 90 minutes in a 2–1 loss to Villarreal. On 28 April 2013, Fabinho scored his first goal which was an equaliser, headed in the extra time of a 3-3 draw against CD Numancia.
His debut for Real Madrid came on 8 May 2013, in which he assisted Ángel Di María to take the score 6–2 in the team’s victory over Malaga, at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
5. Joined AS Monaco on a season-long loan deal
The turn of 2013 saw Liverpool Fabinho move on from Real Madrid to AS Monaco on a season-long loan deal. He soon got into his groove when he scored in the 58th minute of his team’s 6-0 win over Lens in the quarter-finals of the 2013/14 Coupe de France on 26 March 2014.
After successfully completing his first season on loan at AS Monaco, Liverpool Fabinho rejoined the club on loan for another year in July, 2014.
6. Rio Ave agreed on Fabinho’s permanent transfer to AS Monaco in 2015
On 19 May 2015, after the completion of two seasons at Monaco on loan, Rio Ave and Monaco agreed mutually on the permanent transfer of Fabinho. Resultantly, Fabinho signed a contract with Monaco for the next four years, and will be contractually tied with them until 30 June, 2019, after which he will join Liverpool.
7. Scored in a penalty to break PSG unbeaten streak
On 20th March in 2016, Fabinho won a penalty kick after being fouled by Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz, and converted the scoreline to 2–0 in Monaco’s favour. More importantly, that particular win over PSG was the French club’s first home defeat in almost two years.
8. Made his debut for Brazil in 2015 Copa America against Mexico
Fabinho was included in the 23-man squad for the 2015 Copa América in Chile, and he made his debut in a warm-up game against Mexico on 7 June of that year. With Dani Alves already playing in the tournament at right-back, Fabinho did not get a chance to play in the actual matches of Copa América, in which Brazil reached the quarter-finals.
9. Selected in the first Copa America tournament to be hosted outside South America
Fabinho was selected for Brazil’s Copa América Centenario squad, which was for the first-ever Copa America tournament to be hosted outside South America. The tournament was hosted in the US in 2016 to celebrate the 100 years of ‘The South American Football Confederation’ or ‘CONMEBOL’ and Copa America. However, Fabinho did not play in any of Brazil’s matches at the tournament.
10. Liverpool and Monaco agreed on a £44m transfer fee for Fabinho
The involved clubs have agreed on a transfer fee, which would be worth up to €50 million (£44m), as reported by ESPN FC. The provisions of the deal should see Liverpool pay a guaranteed fee of €45m, with upto €5m further value through add-ons.