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Fabinho ‘relaxed’ as Liverpool’s competition heats up

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A “relaxed” Fabinho is playing it cool as teams from around Europe aim to beat Liverpool in this season’s Champions League.

Reigning champions Liverpool will discover their group-stage opponents in Thursday’s draw. They are in Pot 1 along with the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus for the event in Monaco.

Although Jurgen Klopp’s side do have plenty of reasons to feel bullish heading into the draw considering their solid start in the Premier League. Following last Saturday’s 3-1 success against Arsenal, they’re the only to team to win all three of their opening games.

While the return of Champions League football will only add further strain to their fixture-congested list, though, Fabinho is embracing Liverpool’s latest European challenge.

“The Champions League is a special competition and we’re the reigning champions,” he told the club’s website.

“There’s always going to be a lot of expectation about who we’re going to come up against. We’re relaxed about it.

“We’re fully aware that when we return from this international break there will be a more intense fixture schedule with midweek games, but that’s good – we like it.

“As we’re the reigning champions, all the other teams are going to focus much more on us, they’ll know more about our team.

“We’re excited about this season’s competition. We know how strong the team is and, as always, we have to work hard and with confidence.”

After a standout debut campaign at Anfield, Fabinho looks set to remain a key part of Klopp’s plans for this season. He has, so far, started in all but one of Liverpool’s five games across all competitions.

But the returns to fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita will likely keep the former AS Monaco man along with Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum on their toes.