Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has hit the headlines a lot in recent weeks.
The media have linked him with a move away from Anfield, with Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and AC Milan all credited with interest.
However, UOL Esporte have reported that the player wishes to stay.
Jurgen Klopp has used the Brazilian a little sparingly so far.
He couldn’t get a look in at the start, with James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum both in fine form for the Reds.
More recently though, Fabinho has started to get more minutes. He’s started four of the last five Premier League matches, and impressed against Everton last weekend.
He may not be completely indispensable yet, but by no means has he been a ‘flop’, as has been suggested particularly by rival fans.
He’s certainly fared better than his former midfielder partner Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Fabinho’s start brighter than Bakayoko’s
Fabinho is unquestionably performing better than Bakayoko did following his £40 million move to Chelsea (Evening Standard).
The Frenchman was very quickly found out at Stamford Bridge, and fans were quick to criticise him.
He was sloppy in possession and not all that great in the defensive phase either.
Fabinho, who moved to England for a very similar fee of £43.7 million (The Telegraph), has already shown he is tidy in possession and he has clearly displayed the defensive nous that Bakayoko hasn’t.
Bakayoko struggled so much that he has been loaned out to AC Milan for the 2018/19 season, which is where he could stay according to the latest reports. His move to England simply hasn’t worked out.
Liverpool fans should take heart from the fact that their man could have turned out just like Bakayoko.
He’s an example of a high-price midfielder from Monaco that has failed to cut it – not the Brazilian.