Fabinho's Brazil team-mate Thiago Silva thinks Liverpool's new signing has the versatility to fit into life in the Premier League
Brazil captain Thiago Silva has backed his compatriot Fabinho to be a success at Liverpool after the midfielder was announced as Jurgen Klopp’s latest signing on Monday.
The Reds agreed a deal to sign the Monaco midfielder from July 1 for a fee of up to £43.7 million.
Fabinho has been capped four times by his country, but was omitted from their World Cup squad. However Silva faced the 24-year-old many times in France when Silva’s Paris Saint-Germain came up against Monaco.
Speaking at Tottenham’s training ground, where Brazil are preparing for the World Cup, Silva said of Fabinho: “He is really smart, a really technical player and I am sure he will get adapted to the Premier League as soon as he arrives here.”
Silva, who arrived in Ligue 1 in 2012 from AC Milan, commented on Fabinho’s move from defence to midfield, saying his versatility will be helpful to Klopp’s side.
“He changed his position in Monaco. He was a right-back and now he is a midfielder,” he said. “I don’t know how Liverpool are thinking about using him, but I am sure they can use him in both.”
Klopp had similar praise for his new signing, described his flexibility as “cool” and saying “he has ability and mentality to play at the highest level in a number of positions. He can play ‘6’, ‘8’ and ‘2’.”