|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|
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|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.
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 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!