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Fabinho reveals Roberto Firmino’s role in his Liverpool move

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Fabinho opened up on how Roberto Firmino helped sweet talk Jurgen Klopp into signing him for Liverpool last summer.

Following an impressive five-year stay at AS Monaco, Fabinho captured Liverpool’s interest along with a host of other European clubs.

But the Reds succeeded in landing the highly-rated Brazilian’s signature in a €45m deal as part of a big summer overhaul.

Alisson Becker, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri were all signed as Liverpool spent a total of €182.20m.

Speaking a year after his move to Anfield was first announced on May 2018, Fabinho revealed what happened behind the scenes.

“I remember that after one of my games for Monaco, against Marseille, where I’d played well and scored, Firmino sent me a message and we started to talk,” Fabinho told Esporte Interativo.

“He said: ‘the coach asked about you, what I thought about you, I talked you up a little bit’.

“We exchanged some messages for a while and I asked him some things about Liverpool and that was it for a while.

“Then Liverpool reached my agents, made them aware of the interest and set up a meeting with Klopp. We talked about his ideas for the team, work routine, tactics, physical training.

“My interest was rising, because I had always said that if I were to leave Monaco, it would only be to a team that really wanted me.

“I was very happy with Liverpool wanting to sign me and then made up my mind that it was the right thing to do.

“It was quick, right after the [Champions League] final against Real Madrid, the signing was made official.”

Unlike the other three big recruits, however, Fabinho was made to wait for his chance in the Liverpool line-up.

Since making his Premier League debut in October, though, Fabinho has established himself as a key man in Klopp’s team.

The 25-year-old’s versatility has been a valuable asset, with Klopp playing him both defensively and in the midfield this season.

Fabinho added: “I played pretty much all the pre-season games, thought that I played well, and because of that, also thought that I would start playing earlier, not wait as much I did.

“Others players made sure that I was relaxed, they told me: ‘don’t worry, everyone that arrives goes through that, like [Andy] Robertson and [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain’.

“I was calm, tried to learn about the team, the other players, getting used to the intensity of the league.

“After a while, Klopp gave me the chances and little by little I could show my value and that I could be important to the team.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Lionel Messi of Barcelona is brought down by Fabinho of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 07, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)