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Pool new boy Fabinho reveals how Firmino influenced move

 

By Carl Markham

Liverpool's new signing Fabinho hopes to follow the example of international compatriot Roberto Firmino in not only adapting quickly to life in England but taking his game to the next level.

The midfielder, who will officially join from Monaco on July 1 in a deal worth up to £43.7million, spoke extensively with his Brazil team-mate about Anfield and life on Merseyside before his move.

Fabinho admits Firmino's raised performance levels in the Premier League have not gone unnoticed and he wants to follow the same path.

"I've been following Liverpool for a few years, in particular since Firmino arrived," he said.

"After he arrived here he was able to achieve higher development at this football club. Because he had success, I hope the same happens to me.

"We spoke a bit more about the infrastructure of the club, the city and we also spoke about the coaches and how they do their work, so I was able to know a bit more about Liverpool through Firmino.

"I had been with him at the Brazilian national team on a few occasions. I know he's a fantastic person, his background is from nice people.

"He is also very good for someone who comes to a new country, a new city - someone who speaks the same language.

"This will of course make the adaptation much easier."

Fabinho could well be joined by another Brazil team-mate if, as expected, manager Jurgen Klopp looks to upgrade his goalkeeper this summer.

The position has been the subject of debate since before Klopp arrived in October 2015, but Loris Karius' mistakes in the Champions League final have intensified the scrutiny over the past few days.

Klopp has an interest in Roma's Alisson, although he could face paying a premium for a player valued at £60million, with the Italian club having been burned by last summer's forced £38million sale of Mohamed Salah to the Reds in order to comply with Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations.

Liverpool moved quickly to get the Fabinho deal done virtually under the radar but they have no such hope if they pursue Alisson after Roma's sporting director Monchi was moved to speak about the goalkeeper's situation.

"In order for a player to leave, there have to be three elements in place - an offer, a yes from the club and from the player," he insisted.

"As of today, we have nothing of the sort."

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