Brazil captain Thiago Silva has backed new Liverpool signing Fabinho to succeed at Liverpool and believes he’ll settle in immediately.
Late on Monday evening, Fabinho was announced as a Liverpool player, with the Brazilian signing a five-year deal with the Reds. The fee for the midfielder is reported as being £43 million and is an absolute steal given the current transfer market climate.
With Emre Can set to join Juventus this summer upon the expiry of his contract, Jürgen Klopp acted quickly to ensure the German was replaced before he even left the club.
Fabinho has excited supporters on social media and Brazil captain Thiago Silva firmly believes his compatriot will be successful on Merseyside and won’t battle to familiarise himself in his new surroundings.
Speaking at Tottenham’s training ground, where Brazil are preparing for the World Cup, Silva said of Fabinho: “He is really smart, a really technical player and I am sure he will get adapted to the Premier League as soon as he arrives here.
“He changed his position in Monaco. He was a right-back and now he is a midfielder,” he said. “I don’t know how Liverpool are thinking about using him, but I am sure they can use him in both.”
Silva and Fabinho have never played alongside one another for Brazil but have come up against each other in Ligue for the last few years.
Klopp made similar comments on Fabinho regarding his versatility. Having made the transition from playing as a right back to a midfielder, the 24-year-old presents Liverpool with more options when players get injured or when Klopp needs to rotate his squad for a specific opponent.
The Reds manager said: “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.“
Fabinho will officially join the Reds on the 1st of July alongside Naby Keïta, whose move to Merseyside was confirmed last year.