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14:20  14 june  2019
14:20  14 june  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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Fabinho declared Liverpool a 'giant of a team' after the Ligue 1 title winner agreed a deal to join the club from AS Monaco on July 1 . Fabinho also revealed how his skills are transferrable to the Premier League, what he made of his new team’s performances last season , and much more in a

Fabinho feels he is adapting well to the role required of him at Liverpool . The Brazilian awaits his first competitive appearance for the club after remaining on the bench for Sunday’s season -opening 4-0 win over West Ham United at Anfield – following a minor injury and illness in the days before the

Fabinho: First Liverpool season not easy © Getty Fabinho established himself as an important player for Liverpool but admits his first season was 'not easy'

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho says his first season at the club was "not easy" despite winning the Champions League.

Fabinho moved to the Reds from Monaco last summer in a deal worth £43.7m, but struggled for game time early in the season, making his first Premier League start at the end of October.

However, the 25-year-old forced his way into the side as the starting holding midfielder and played 90 minutes in Liverpool's 2-1 Champions League final triumph against Tottenham in Madrid.

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Like Fabinho , Keita was another new arrival in the summer when he completed his transfer from RB Leipzig and both players have tallied 25 Prior to finalising his transfer to Liverpool , Keita enjoyed two stellar seasons with Leipzig in Germany, earning a place in the Bundesliga Team of the Season for

Fabinho had never experienced the Merseyside derby before Sunday - but the intensity of the clash between Liverpool and Everton came as no surprise to the Brazilian. Fabinho , of course, has only lived in the area for a little over five months following his summer transfer from AS Monaco.

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Fabinho reveals which games changed his Liverpool career

Fabinho reveals which games changed his Liverpool career Fabinho has revealed the two games he believes have made his Liverpool career so far ahead of the biggest yet – a Champions League Final – against Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid tonight. The Reds go into their second consecutive final looking a much stronger outfit than last season and Fabinho believes the 1-1 draw against Arsenal and 3-1 win against Manchester United have been his most important in England so far. Speaking ahead of the highly-anticipated clash, cited by the Independent, Fabinho pinpointed the two games as stand-outs for him in a Liverpool shirt. “I knew it would be difficult and there would be times when I would be out of the team.

Fabinho today became Liverpool 's first signing of the summer after a deal was agreed for the midfielder to join from AS Monaco on July 1 . He is comfortable when breaking forward with the ball himself, too, and contributed 26 goals during the past three seasons with Ligue 1 side Monaco.

Liverpool were coasting at the time against Newcastle but now the entire stadium became charged, standing as one and singing with greater conviction about winning the league. On current form, which is improving from a position of strength, they will take some stopping in the second half of the season .

Fabinho said: "Overall I think my first season at Liverpool was good. In my first season I knew there would be a learning and settling-in period. I went through this.

"It didn't last that long but I remember it wasn't easy starting afresh, I was left out for a few matches.

"Even though I was telling myself that I needed to work hard and be patient, it's not easy being out of the team. But that's in the past now, I started playing more.

Fabinho: First Liverpool season not easy © Getty Brazilians Alisson Becker and Fabinho joined Liverpool last summer for a combined £110.7m

"The more you play, the more you can enjoy your football. I think I became an important part of the team, I gave the manager another option he could depend upon. So I think it was a really good season."

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Liverpool completed their first signing of the summer transfer window last week as they secured a Fabinho was one of Monaco's strongest leadership figures and his experience will not be easy for Fabinho is combative and physical but he also possesses great technique. He is imposing in the air

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Fabinho was helped to settle in at Liverpool by his Brazil teammates Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino, but, unlike his compatriots, was left out of the national squad for the upcoming Copa America in their native country.

Another player who aided the midfielder's arrival was fellow French speaking Sadio Mane, who Fabinho believes is a crucial player for Liverpool to keep hold of this summer.

Fabinho: First Liverpool season not easy © Getty Fabinho made 11 appearances in the Champions League as Liverpool lifted their sixth title

He added: "Sadio Mane is a genuinely impressive player, he's tireless, playing in every game with such high levels of intensity and concentration.

"His technical ability goes without saying, he always makes a difference for us.

Fabinho: First Liverpool season not easy © Reuters REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

"He's a complete player - he gives you the option of a short pass or a long ball, he contributes to the build-up and creation of play as well. He's a great player in amazing form, which is really important for his confidence.

It wasn't easy – Fabinho on overcoming tough start at Liverpool

It wasn't easy – Fabinho on overcoming tough start at Liverpool Jurgen Klopp left Fabinho waiting for his Premier League debut, but the Liverpool midfielder ended the season satisfied with his input.

Fabinho ’s debut season can be considered a resounding success overall, although there were several occasions where he In terms of the squad, Fabinho looks set to play a major role again for Liverpool next season and can be expected to Role next season : First name on the teamsheet in midfield.

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"Off the pitch I chat with him quite a bit as we both speak French, my French is still better than my English. He's a great lad. Sadio has been a really important player for us this season."

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