Emre Can left Liverpool to join Juventus on a free transfer last summer and Fabinho’s arrival at Anfield has highlighted the Reds’ superb recruitment.
When it became blatantly clear that Can would not renew his Liverpool deal, sporting director Michael Edwards put into motion plans to recruit a new holding midfielder.
Fabinho was signed for £39million (BBC) days after the Champions League final defeat in Kiev and has been world class for the Reds.
Without him, Virgil van Dijk and co. would have been exposed more than they have been this season.
The former AS Monaco destroyer added steel and intelligence to Liverpool’s midfield and allowed Jurgen Klopp to push Jordan Henderson further forward into his natural no.8 position.
That gave the German manager the opportunity to play a more free-flowing midfield game in spite of the absence of a natural playmaker like Philippe Coutinho.
Emre Can’s status as a forgotten man could not have come about without the arrival of Fabinho last summer.
With the Brazilian and Liverpool’s improved and upgraded back five, the Reds were comfortably the best side defensively in the Premier League this season.
With Daniel Sturridge leaving this summer, Klopp needs to recruit well to ensure there is plenty of quality in depth for the start of the 2019/20 season.