Klopp: Why I signed Fabinho & where he’ll play

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Liverpool last night confirmed the signing of 24-year-old Brazilian international Fabinho.

And Jurgen Klopp is very, very excited.

(Video) Two minutes of Fabinho’s best bits to whet your appetite

The manager piled praise on Fabinho, as both a player and a person – highlighting some of his skills and why Liverpool purchased him for next season.

Interestingly, Klopp reckons he can play in three different positions for us, too.

“We have signed a fantastic player, but someone who is an equally fantastic person I think,” the manager told Liverpoolfc.com.

“His reputation as a character in the dressing room and his attitude in training has come through from everyone we speak to.

“He has a lovely family also – adding a person like this to our dressing room only makes us even stronger. What we have – in terms of our environment at Melwood and in the team – means anyone coming in must be of that build. They must be the highest quality person and player.

“He has ability and mentality to play at the highest level in a number of positions. He can play ‘6’, ‘8’ and ‘2’. This is cool.

“He is tactically very strong and football smart. I think he improves our squad and there aren’t that many players you can say that about in this moment, because the quality we have already is so high.

“I like that he is young yet experienced also, with a high number of games at a club that compete to win. Also, international caps for Brazil tells you something about him. 

“This signing gives us new opportunities and for that I am excited. I’m sure our supporters will make him very welcome and at home at our wonderful club and in our amazing city.”

Although Fabinho has experience of playing at right-back and in a more box-to-box role, it’s the anchoring midfield spot we reckon he’ll take up predominantly.

With Emre Can leaving for Juventus, Fabinho naturally replaces the German in the squad and provides fantastic competition for Jordan Henderson.

It’ll be interesting to see whether Klopp benches our skipper or uses the pair together, especially with Naby Keita also set to arrive on July 1.

Either way, our options in the middle look much, much stronger already.

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