|Desc||The Brazilian arrived to AS Monaco on a season-long loan deal in 2013. He ended up spending two years on loan before signing a four-year deal in 2015. A key member of Jardim’s Ligue 1 winners, Fabinho has gone on to great success at Liverpool, helping the Reds win the Champions League in 2019|
|Org||xxxx National Team|
|Club as Player||Liverpool FC|
|AS Monaco [Loan]|
2019 10 04 Retrieve
[Fabinho explains Liverpool lure and transition into one of the world’s best holding midfielders] After five seasons at Monaco, I knew it was the right time to leave to look for a new step in my career. I wanted to sign for a big club. I had no doubt I wanted to come to Liverpool, so much so that when the transfer window opened, the deal was immediately made official. It really is a huge club, one of the biggest in the world. The club has great ambition and that is what I wanted in my career, so I’m very happy to be here.
[They have Fabinho’s former coach to thank for his progression in that role, with Monaco boss Jardim having helped to unlock the potential in a man who is now being showered with praise] My time at Monaco was very good and I think I developed well from the moment I arrived to the moment I left. I stayed at Monaco for five years, working with Leonardo Jardim for four. He was a coach who helped me develop a lot in my career. It was him who made me take the big step of changing positions [from right-back]. We always talked about it, as I liked that position and he liked seeing me in that position. So he came to speak to me and decided he wanted to change. I accepted the challenge, but it’s not just about that - I have many good memories with him. We were Ligue 1 champions at Monaco in 2017. I had a great time there and made a lot of my friends. I’ll always hold that club dear to my heart.
2019 11 09 Retrieve
[Liverpool midfielder Fabinho is not convinced the top-of-the-table clash with Manchester City will define the Premier League title race] I don’t think the outcome last season was based on the results against Man City. But if we beat them then we will have a large points advantage over them, which will be important for us. But this game is always a bit more special because we have the chance to pick up points and stop a direct rival from picking up points. So we’re going to do all we can to win, but I’m not sure if this result will define the outcome of the season
[Fabinho holds an equal level of respect for what Man City have built under the Catalan] We’ve played against this City team before and they’ve shown us what they’re about. They’re great with the ball and they are hard-working, they’re great in attack and all of this makes them one of the best teams in Europe today. But in the Premier League there are so many good teams and we’ve managed to play well in these situations as well. So playing City will be another challenge, but I think we’re ready for it
2019 11 14 Retrieve
[Fabinho is happy with the ‘Dyson’ nickname bestowed upon him by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp] A few people call me this! Between us players I’m more known as Flaco but they’re cool nicknames. Before the coach used it [Dyson], another player used it - I think [James] Milner might have said it. It’s a cool nickname but the other one that the majority of the players use, Flaco, that was started by Virgil and everybody started calling me it
I think when the team does well an individual’s abilities shine as well. I wanted this season to be different because I had already adapted to the team and the league. I wanted to keep improving as a player and help the team out more. That’s what I’ve been aiming for. I’m happy for the praise that I’ve got but I know I still have got the scope to improve and I want to keep improving. There’s always scope to improve. I’m still young, I want to improve more, develop more. I’ve got personal objectives as well, so I’ve still got more to offer to the team
2020 01 12 Retrieve
[Fabinho reveals he is close to Liverpool return] I’m on the right path. We are in full recovery. I train individually. For example, I make changes in direction, but also exercises with the ball. I am very confident [about a quick comeback]. I think I can resume soon, but we will see with the medical staff
[Asked about his chances of being fit in time to face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last-16 tie next month] I will be there of course. We can win the title, but we are not yet champions. We are on the right track. What we have done so far is incredible, but we must continue. I hope we will not crack. We have the confidence to continue like this. Despite the injuries, we continue to play at a high level. Lately, I haven’t been chatting too much with the players. I spoke with the Brazilians on the team. We’re just saying we have to keep going.
2020 01 12b Retrieve
[Fabinho has tipped Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe to win the Ballon d’Or and hopes to team up with him at Liverpool in the future] Mbappe will have a Ballon d’Or before Neymar. I would like to welcome him to Liverpool. Sadio Mane deserved the Ballon d’Or. He’s the best player in Liverpool
[And the defensive midfielder is confident his side can go all the way under the guidance of coach Jurgen Klopp] Liverpool will be champion yes. It’s the best team in the world. Finish the season invincible? There are no plans to lose. Klopp is the best coach in the world, yes
[Fabinho was been linked with a return to France amid reports PSG were interested in signing him, while Real Madrid were also said to be monitoring him] I don’t regret not having signed at PSG. I could come back to Ligue 1 in the future. I have not been contacted by Real Madrid, but I would have liked to succeed there
2020 01 25 Retrieve
[Liverpool star Fabinho is adamant that Virgil van Dijk deserved to win the 2019 Ballon d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi] People always notice strikers more than defenders, but he should have won when you consider what he did individually and how he helped the team win the Champions League. He’s an amazing player, one of the best in the world
If you talk about everything he has conquered and won, Dani Alves is one of the best players to have ever played the position. He’s still incredible at 36 years old, one of the stars of the Brazilian national team, playing the way he always has. As for Alexander-Arnold, his passing is amazing. He has everything to become one of the best in the world
2020 01 25b Retrieve
[Fabinho says Kylian Mbappe’s arrival at Liverpool would give Jurgen Klopp a major selection headache] At this moment it would be a headache for Liverpool if we had him here because our attacking trio is very good. But I know Mbappe’s quality, he’s already one of the best players in the world, so he would obviously improve any team. Right now he plays for Paris Saint-Germain and we have to respect that
In the last few years, we have definitely been one of the best teams. You have to respect the numbers we’re achieving at the moment, even if you don’t want to talk about them. Records and stats don’t make us the best, but if we carry on doing what we’re doing we will win trophies. Then we have to keep doing that season after season
2020 02 20 Retrieve
[Liverpool midfielder Fabinho admits his game is similar to that of Clasico foes Casemiro and Sergio Busquets, while he has also been quick to hail the relentless drive of Reds team-mates Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino] I like to organise and try to make good passes, because I have good vision when I receive the ball in the opposition half of the field. If I have space, I also want to be offensively important, but my first task must be defensive. Casemiro, Rodri, Busquets, we have a similar role. At Liverpool, I must pay attention to the sides, to close space in behind down the sides, and also help out in the middle
[Fabinho has conceded on a regular basis that he initially struggled to show his true worth with Liverpool] Normally when a Brazilian arrives in Europe he discovers that the time to think is reduced, that there is less space. But when you arrive in England there is even less time to react. That and the physical requirement took me a while to get used to. It took longer than normal to recover from the matches
[Contributions are being made to that cause across a star-studded squad, with Fabinho picking out a few of the leading lights] [Jordan] Henderson and [James] Milner know how to transmit motivation. The team is receptive because it’s very professional. But for the team, it’s incredible that the three stars, Mane, Salah and Firmino, are inexhaustible. They are an hour early in the gym every day. They always want more!