Fabinho had admitted that Manchester United never submitted a bid for him, despite the consistent transfer links.
United were first linked with Fabinho a year ago, but the player has revealed that he never once held any talks with Old Trafford chiefs. There was also reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan.
“Manchester never showed any formal interest, they never made me an offer at all,” he told Sky Sports. “Maybe there was some interest or a conversation but it’s not a case of Monaco not letting me go to Manchester United or denying me the move, nothing ever really materialised.”
The other new summer arrivals at Anfield – Alisson, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri – are also set to be part of a new-look Liverpool team. The Reds have had arguably the best transfer window out of any club in the Premier League top 6.
These new players will add depth and cutting edge talent in crucial areas. Alisson was, for a short period, the world’s most expensive keeper for a reason, whereas Keita looks raring to go in England. Shaqiri was one of the few bright spots in Stoke’s recent history.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has been left impressed with the impact that has been made by the new recruits.
“I am really happy with the new players. Fabinho, much better in offensive pressing, but still struggling a bit as not fresh enough. It’s been a hard pre-season for him,” said the German.
“Shaqiri comes on as a nine and looked really good. He can play as a 10 and on the wing. It was fantastic what he did. Naby played 50 minutes at the highest level and then left some gaps open, transition in defence could be better, so many things to work on.”