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Liverpool have made a thunderous start to the transfer window following the shock signing of AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho.

On Monday night, reports from France emerged that Liverpool has agreed a deal with the French side for Fabinho and those reports were confirmed when Liverpool announced the signing of the Brazilian.

Fabinho, 24, spent five seasons in Ligue 1 having been part of the side who broke records en-route to being Ligue 1 Champions.

The Brazilian can play in midfield as well right back and he is considered to be a direct replacement for Emre Can who is departing for Juventus.

Fabinho spoke highly of Liverpool and cited Jurgen Klopp as one of the reasons he joined the club.

“Klopp convinced Fabinho to join Liverpool. They met and the boy was very happy with what the manager told him. He said ‘I like Klopp’, and asked that everything be stopped with other clubs.

I was able to know a bit more about Liverpool through Firmino. I know he’s a fantastic person, his background is from nice people. He is also very good for someone who comes to a new country – someone who speaks the same language. This will make adaptation much easier.”

The signing of Fabinho is the first of many according to reports with the reds aiming to get a deal done for Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir.

Talks between Liverpool and Lyon are underway although it wouldn’t be a surprise if a deal isn’t agreed before the World Cup. Lyon would want a fee in the region of £60m.

Another area of improvement need is the goalkeeper position and Klopp is expected to address that situation in the transfer window. Roma’s Alisson has been identified as the obvious choice although the Italian side would demand a world record bid for the Brazilian in excess of £70m.