Liverpool midfielder Fabinho: How I prepared for Premier League move

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has opened up about his move to the club.

The Brazilian made the switch from Monaco to Anfield in 2018.

He has since won countless trophies, including the Premier League and Champions League.

“I wasn’t at the 2018 World Cup and I know that the change of position made me lose ground in that cycle,” said the 29-year-old to UOL in Brazil.

“I was flying as a midfielder at Monaco and there was already interest from big European clubs but nothing from the national team.

“I knew I needed to take the next step, to fight for more titles to get back on the team’s radar. It was a personal goal. I was already five years in Monaco and had an interest in playing in the Spanish or English league. And then Liverpool came and I already embraced it.

“They announced the day after the defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final. It was all right now. I knew I could stay on the bench at the beginning at Liverpool, so I had to take it easy.

“I did a strengthening job. Contact in the Premier League is different, physical strength is different. I worked on it. I saw that the intensity was too high. This period of adaptation was good for this.

“Of course it wasn’t cool, I always wanted to be playing. I thought I was ready when I arrived, but they wanted to prepare me more. Pep Lijnders talked to me a lot in the beginning because he speaks Portuguese. I asked for some corrections and to observe the moves of the players. And then, when I had the chance to play, I didn’t leave the team anymore.”