“In the past I have never had the chance to play against a team which had a good friend of mine playing for them. But I am sure near to those matches we can exchange some text messages.
“We have a very good team and we will be able to fight for the title. I have just started with my team mates and I understand we have excellent players. We have an excellent manager and a very good group. I understand City are the champions and produced excellent football last season, but we will do our best to get the title from them and make everyone here happy.”
Fabinho has pedigree. He left Sao Paulo in Brazil as a teenager, initially to Portugal but then a year’s loan to Real Madrid. His last five years have been in France, a key part of the Monaco team that reached the Champions League semi-final.
“When I went to Real Madrid I was only 18 or 19 years old. It was my first year as a professional footballer. I was very young,” he explained.
“I had the good luck to have the experience of training with fantastic football players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Ozil, Modric, and I also played for Real Madrid B.
“That was a fantastic experience because it was my first international experience as a football player and taught me a lot as a football player. But now, coming to one of the top clubs in Europe like Liverpool, of course, I will carry on my learning.