World News – AU – Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp explains the role Philippe Coutinho played in the transfer of Fabinho

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Jurgen Klopp has claimed former midfielder Philippe Countinho still loves Liverpool and played a key role in Fabinho’s arrival at Anfield. The Liverpool boss believes Countinho convinced his compatriot to sign because of his continued affection for the club.

Klopp secured the signature of the versatile Brazilian Fabinho from Monaco in the summer of 2018 – five months after Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona.

Despite his departure, his former manager believes Coutinho’s « love » for the club played a role in the Reds who got the deal over the line for Fabinho.

« We just said what we had to say, what we think and what he will be for us and things like that, » revealed Klopp.

« I think the best help was probably Bobby [Firmino] as they knew each other from the national team and sure what Phil said about Liverpool because he loved and still loves Liverpool so things like that helped.

« I can’t tell you exactly what I said to him because it’s been so long, but it was obviously convincing enough and that’s how it came together. ”

The midfielder was a popular figure at the club, winning both Player of the Year and Player of the Year in consecutive seasons of 2015 and 2016.

Although the sale was not well received by fans at the time, the high fee allowed the club to invest in companies like Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and Fabinho.

After playing a prominent role in the Champions League and Premier League in Liverpool, Klopp made a glowing assessment of the defensive midfielder who can play multiple positions.

He said, « When I first met him he was a pretty shy boy and maybe he thought it would be best to be with a pretty vocal manager! »

« I’d like to say it was just because of us and before he came here he could never have played in any of the positions he plays – but that’s just not true!

« I wouldn’t even say Fab is a defensive player, he is more of an organizational type of player.

« He’s very strategic, I don’t know what he played in Brazil when he was young, but he often played right-back for Monaco and the national team.

« He also played in one of the six double positions, so he can only play in the middle – you see that in so many situations.

Fabinho had to play in central defense this season after long-term injuries to Van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

« His defensive skills are just excellent and in football he is good in a small space. So it makes sense to play him in midfield, but he can play in the middle and we knew that. « .

« Thank god we have him and with him and the other boys we have someone to play in that position. « 

« We know he can play this position and we practice this position when we get the chance. ”

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