Liverpool signed Fabinho from AS Monaco in a deal believed to be worth around £40 million but the Brazilian will need to wait to make his first visit to Anfield.
The news that the Reds had signed the 24-year-old took everyone by surprise as the first concrete reports regarding a move to Merseyside surfaced last night and two hours after these claims, Liverpool officially announced his arrival.
After putting pen to paper on a five-year deal, Fabinho spoke to Liverpool’s official website about the move and how Robert Firmino was instrumental in his decision to choose the Champions League runners-up.
He also said that he will not be making an appearance at Anfield until pre-season as he jets off to go on holiday with his family after an impressive season with AS Monaco.
On Sunday afternoon, Brazil will take on Croatia at Anfield in a warm-up ahead of the FIFA World Cup. Roberto Firmino will be a part of the squad to play at Liverpool’s home ground as well as part of the setup heading to Russia.
Fabinho was not selected to play for Brazil and will not play at Anfield this weekend, which is somewhat disappointing as it would have been a fitting way for him to become acquainted with his new club.
He won’t be in attendance to watch the match either as his family has already booked a holiday to recuperate and relax after a long season in France.
When asked if Fabinho will be at Anfield this weekend watching his national side in action, the new Liverpool midfielder replied: “No, unfortunately, I will be on holiday. I have my journey booked with my family.
“If I didn’t book my holidays with my family, if I had become aware that Brazil were playing here, I would stay here to watch the match. But unfortunately, it’s not going to happen on this occasion.”
Fabinho will get an entire pre-season under his belt ahead of next season as he won’t be in Russia for the World Cup like Firmino, Salah, Mané etc.