Fabinho told Liverpool’s official website that Sadio Mane has been instrumental in helping him feel more comfortable at Anfield over the last year.
He said: “Sadio Mane is a genuinely impressive player, he’s tireless, playing in every game with such high levels of intensity and concentration. His technical ability goes without saying, he always makes a difference for us.
“He’s a complete player – he gives you the option of a short pass or a long ball, he contributes to the build-up and creation of play as well. He’s a great player in amazing form, which is really important for his confidence.
“Off the pitch I chat with him quite a bit as we both speak French, my French is still better than my English. He’s a great lad. Sadio has been a really important player for us this season.”
Mane was assisted by Fabinho at Anfield against Manchester United last year as the former AS Monaco midfielder finally began to settle in after a period where he struggled to adapt to the Reds’ style of play.
Since then, he has gone from strength to strength. The 25-year-old proved himself as a top class midfielder this season and was imperious in the second leg against Barcelona, pocketing the great Lionel Messi.
Lifting the Champions League in his first season as a Reds speaks volumes about how good he is as a player and with a few years remaining until he reaches his peak, Fabinho is only going to get better.
It will be extremely surprising if he doesn’t add to his trophy haul in the next few seasons as Jurgen Klopp has done well to assemble a remarkable squad at Anfield.