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What will new boy Fabinho add to Liverpool next season?

The Brazilian joined the Reds just two days after their Champions League final disappointment.

What will new boy Fabinho add to Liverpool next season?

Liverpool have moved quickly in the transfer window to bring in midfielder Fabinho from Monaco.

The 24-year-old Brazilian has moved to Anfield for a fee of up to 50million euros (£43.7million).

Here, we assess what Fabinho will bring to the Liverpool side.

Monaco linchpin

Fabinho played for Fluminense and Rio Ave in his homeland before moving to Europe as a 19-year-old when Real Madrid came calling.

He made only one brief substitute appearance for Real’s first team in his sole season in the Spanish capital, at the end of which he joined Monaco, initially on loan and then on a permanent deal.

Over the last four seasons Fabinho made himself a fixture in Leonardo Jardim’s team, playing a pivotal role in their Ligue 1 title-winning season in 2016-17.

Strength

Fabinho is a versatile player having begun his career as a right-back, with Jardim transforming him into a defensive midfielder.

It proved to be a wise move, with the tall and powerful Fabinho ideally suited to his new role. The 24-year-old’s physical abilities should serve him well in the Premier League but he is also strong technically and his passing prowess will no doubt have caught Jurgen Klopp’s eye.

An added bonus is Fabinho’s ability from the penalty spot – he scored five penalties last season.

Fabinho Can

With Emre Can’s move to Juventus reportedly close to being completed, Fabinho can be seen as a replacement.

The recruitment of Virgil van Dijk in January went a long way to addressing Liverpool’s defensive issues and the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid will no doubt have cemented Klopp’s opinion that midfield is where they really need to strengthen to compete with the best.

Fabinho’s arrival plus that of Naby Keita is likely to mean a very different look in the middle of the park next season, and they could well be joined by Lyon’s Nabil Fekir.

Dip in form

Fabinho was not as impressive during the season just finished as in Monaco’s title-winning campaign, but that could be said for nearly all of Jardim’s side.

Many star names departed and Fabinho was also carrying disappointment after Monaco blocked a move, with Paris St Germain chasing his signature, and as a result Liverpool could be said to have landed a bargain.

Fabinho has been capped only four times by Brazil and missed out on a place in their World Cup squad. He will hope this move and the profile of the Premier League vaults him into Tite’s plans.

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