Liverpool made perhaps the first significant signing of the summer this week with the announcement of Monaco midfielder Fabinho’s impending Anfield switch. As reported by BBC Sport the Reds will pay £39 million for the Brazilian international, who can play in a number of positions.
Whilst his best role as a defensive midfielder will no doubt be where Liverpool see him operating, he can also play at full-back. His arrival is a massive statement of intent from Liverpool. Fabinho has been one of the best performing players in France for the past few seasons and his form in European competition has also been very impressive.
Liverpool’s move shows they are ready to push on next season, after reaching the Champions League final in 2017-18.
For a team like Tottenham Hotspur, it is something of a warning. Liverpool were Spurs nearest rivals last season, with Mauricio Pochettino eventually guiding his side to a third-place finish in the Premier League.
Next season Tottenham are likely to face a renewed fight from Liverpool in the battle for Premier League supremacy.
The signing of Fabinho shows that Liverpool are already preparing to do just that. With Naby Keita also arriving, Tottenham are already in danger of being left behind this summer.
It is clear that for Spurs to challenge for silverware, some improvements will have to be made. The issue here, however, is that they are now falling behind the team who finished below them in the league when it comes to the transfer market.
Tottenham must start identifying and then bringing in the players needed to take the squad to the next level. Whilst Liverpool are making impressive changes, Tottenham are currently standing still. In June, they must be more proactive and begin bringing in the players they need to challenge the Manchester clubs. Players of Keita and Fabinho’s quality can only make Liverpool get better. Tottenham must ensure they have similar targets on their wishlist.