Roberto Firmino called Fabinho to help seal Liverpool transfer after Man Utd conversations
Roberto Firmino helped Fabinho choose Liverpool when the Brazilian decided it was time to wave goodbye to Monaco. The defensive midfielder was attracting interest from across the continent, but it was the Reds who moved quickly to conclude a £39million deal.
Firmino knew Fabinho from his time with the national team and took it upon himself to personally contact his compatriot once he was aware of the interest.
He had to be patient for his chance in Jurgen Klopp’s side and did not make his first Premier League start until November when Liverpool drew 1-1 at Arsenal.
Come the end of his debut season at Anfield, Fabinho was one of the first names on the team sheet as he helped Liverpool win their sixth European Cup in Madrid.
Upon signing for the Premier League champions, Fabinho admitted that Firmino’s words of wisdom had a say on his decision to move to Merseyside.
“I spoke with people from the club, with the coach, which gave me a lot of confidence. I wanted to go to a club that really wanted me, which showed great interest.
“With all that, it was easy to say yes. I thought a little and told my agent that he could continue the transfer. I am very happy that it is done from the beginning of the transfer window.”
Fabinho later admitted that he had two choices upon his departure from Monaco.
Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho handed Fabinho his Real Madrid debut in 2013 and was interested in bringing him to Old Trafford.
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The 26-year-old acknowledged discussions with the club but stated it never went further than that, contrary to reports.
“I was never close to signing for Manchester United, no,” he told FourFourTwo magazine.
“I heard things said about it, but the truth is it was never a strong possibility.
“I won’t deny there were a few conversations about my situation with Monaco, but there was never an official offer from United.”
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