The first summer signing for the Merceyside side has set the ball rolling for big budget EPL sides in the transfer window that has just opened. Fabinho has just become one of the Liverpool’s most expensive signings.
Fabinho and his wife clinked glasses filled with Champagne, as Tavares toasted the moment by saying, “We are Reds, baby,” signifying their new signing for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards lead the negotiations and surprised many with his calm and.quite approach. He had quietly and aggressively been pursuing the Brazilian since February.
In an interview with French radio, Fabinho would admit that Liverpool’s determination to sign him had been more focused and personal than the offers made by other big ticket clybs over the last two seasons, including those from both Manchester clubs, Paris St Germain, Juventus, Internazionale and most recently, Atlético Madrid – all of them were far too late in making their move.
About his move Fabinho said “I spoke on the phone with Firmino,”.“I know him personally…I was able to speak with the manager and people who work at the club. They gave me a lot of confidence”
Here are the Liverpool’s most expensive signings – with the possibility of more to come:
Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton, £75million)
Liverpool’s record signing was finally confirmed on December 27, 2017, with Liverpool agreeing to pay Southampton £75million for the Dutch defender.
Naby Keita (RB Leipzig, £48million)
Although the deal is yet to get official but it will get completed and Naby Keita will join the squad on July 1. At £48million, the second most expensive player to walk through the doors at Anfield will have some serious workload to do.
Fabinho (Monaco, £39.3million)
Another Big Splash, Fabinho will partner Naby Keita for the Liverpool next season.
Fabinho will replace Emre Can who is on his way to make a transfer to the “old lady” Juventus. Can is a fine midfielder and Klopp wanted him to stay. But Can’s limitations were recognised and this explains why he was not guaranteed anything by Klopp in a sporting sense. Fabinho is projected to play a number of roles for Liverpool FC.
The Brazilian was Klopp’s No 1 choice for his No 6 position at Liverpool FC inplacr of Juventus bound Emre Can.
There is a belief at Liverpool that Fabinho, Naby Keïta and Nabil Fekir, who is expected to be signed from Lyon, will offer the sort of variety and speed that was unavailable in Kiev, where the class of Real Madrid was just a bit too much to hanfle.for.Klopp’s boys
Mohamed Salah (Roma, £36.9million)
Currently, the best man in the form Mohamed Salah comes in as Liverpool’s fourth most expensive signing. The fee could rise in the future and move him up this list but the current £36.9million Egyptian is a success story for sure.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal, £35million)
The £35million spent to bring Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal to Liverpool was quite a gamble for the club the mid-fielder proved his worth by putting in stand-out performances such as the one against Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.
Fabinho had been apparently given the sort of treatment by Jürgen Klopp which kind of convinced him that Virgil van Dijk waiting six months for his move to Anfield to materialise wasn’t such a hardship – even with Manchester city boss Pep Guardiola wanting him to go to City.
According to Fabinho’s representatives, Liverpool’s surge to the Champions League final mattered most when it came to taking a decision regarding the switch. It shattered the notion for some who have been quick to assess that defeat in Kiev has rendered the season as pointless for the “reds”.
Klopp’s men passage to the champions league final held at Kiev outlined Liverpool as an important club on the European stage once more, helping them dictate the transfer market rather than react to it.