Apart from the purchase of Ibrahima Konate (40,000,000 euros), Liverpool was not particularly active or pretentious in the transfer market this summer. For the Reds, the focus is currently on actions as important as bringing in players - an extension of cooperation with the axes of the existing playing staff.
That is how the big job was completed today - the extension of cooperation with Fabinho until 2026. The Brazilian's fairy tale with Liverpool has been going on for three years since he arrived from Monaco for 45,000,000 euros.
If that amount once seemed fabulous, think again. With Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson, he dominated on Premier League football arenas in recent years. In the competition of Liverpool's midfielders, he is the most dominant in the club in the number of successful tackles, cut balls, by the number of interventions, won duels both on the grass and in the air, as well as in the category of blocked shots.
If you ever missed the contribution of a Brazilian, the static is there to open your eyes.
After arriving in Liverpool in July 2018, it took him about two months to gain the trust of Jurgen Klopp. He sat on the bench for five of the first eight Premier League games, he was not in the protocol for three, and since then he has become a figure that a German expert can always rely on, often putting him, by force of circumstances, in a position that is not natural for him.
Injuries decimated Liverpool's defense last season (several months of breaks by Van Dijk and Joe Gomez), Fabinho occasionally got the role of defense commander and thus became Klopp's "Universal Soldier"
There is talk about attacking blade: Mohamed Salah, Firmino, Mane. There is talk about Alison's saves, Van Dijk's strength, the joker role of Divock Origi as key elements of Liverpool's Champions League victory, but the inevitable screw in Liverpool's machine was the Brazilian.
Both on the European path and on the track of breaking the three-decade fasting in the English championship. Very soon, Liverpool should make official the extension of cooperation with Alison. The contract valid for the Brazilian lasts until 2024, and that is just an indicator of how zealous Liverpool is when it comes to keeping the most important football players.
Fabinho will be an important figure next season when Liverpool will try to improve the impression after a desperate season