Fabinho opens up on his debut season with Liverpool

Fabinho struggles to settle

Fabinho made the move to Liverpool in July of 2018, for a fee believed to be upwards of £40 million.

Despite the hefty price tag, the Brazilian struggled for game time during the opening months of his spell at Anfield.

Fabinho would sit out Liverpool’s first eight Premier League outings this past season.

The 25-year-old would eventually make his first league appearance on the 20th of October, coming off the bench for 21 minutes as Liverpool beat Huddersfield 1-0.

Fabinho would then be handed his first league start in the following match versus Cardiff.

CHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Fabinho of Liverpool during the Pre-season friendly between Chester FC and Liverpool on July 7, 2018 in Chester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

Fabinho on his first Liverpool season

After being handed his first league start, Fabinho continued to improve throughout the season.

The Brazilian was arguably one of the best defensive midfielders in the PL last campaign.

He would also miss just two of Liverpool’s league games after making his debut.

Fabinho would then play the full 90 minutes in Liverpool’s 2-0 Champions League final win versus Tottenham.

With the 2018/19 club season over, Fabinho has been reflecting on his first year in England:

“Overall I think my first season at Liverpool was good. In my first season I knew there would be a learning and settling-in period. I went through this.

“It didn’t last that long but I remember it wasn’t easy starting afresh, I was left out for a few matches.

“Even though I was telling myself that I needed to work hard and be patient, it’s not easy being out of the team. But that’s in the past now, I started playing more.

“The more you play, the more you can enjoy your football. I think I became an important part of the team, I gave the manager another option he could depend upon. So I think it was a really good season.” As quoted by Sky Sports News.

 

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