Liverpool have officially announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fabinho and fans have been left delighted by the news.
The Brazilian is expected to bring bite, technical ability and tactical intelligence to Liverpool’s midfield, much-needed with Emre Can‘s departure imminent.
It is a hugely positive piece of business by the club, and the first signing in what should be a busy summer at Anfield.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 28, 2018
Here’s the best of the Twitter reaction from supporters, with many seeing the arrival of Fabinho as a great acquisition.
The speed of the deal came as a shock to many, with rumours only surfacing hours before the move was completed
Seriously though what the fuck just happened? pic.twitter.com/V8ZYsmAsDe
— Liverpool Offside (@LFCOffside) May 28, 2018
At last the Fabinho transfer saga is over.
— Sean ? (@shornKOOMINS) May 28, 2018
— LFCZA ?? (@LFCZA) May 28, 2018
Cracking signing and done with total professionalism without weeks of rumours on here and in tabloids. Well done to all concerned and welcome to LFC Fabinho #LFC
— Dan Holland (@danhollandlfc) May 28, 2018
Most were impressed with how early in the summer Liverpool have made their first move
— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) May 28, 2018
Last summer began with the Virgil van Dijk fiasco. This summer began with a major deal being announced only an hour or so after the speculation started in France. Outfoxing rivals (and journalists). Very old school. Credit where credit is due.
— Simon Hughes (@Simon_Hughes__) May 28, 2018
Hope this is a sign that the prolonged Van Dijk type sagas are over. Absolutely love a left-field signing. pic.twitter.com/FaqXjlMn0h
— Tom McMahon (@TomMc_Sports) May 28, 2018
Still not made it home from Kiev yet and we've bought a new midfielder. Well in.
— Steven Scragg (@Scraggy_74) May 28, 2018
There was appreciation for moving ahead of rival clubs to snare Fabinho’s signature
Already excited at the thought of all those United fans claiming they "never wanted Fabinho anyway".
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) May 28, 2018
Just ten days after it was confirmed we'd miss out on Jorginho we've managed to wrap up a deal for Fabinho, beating PSG, United, and Atleti to him. pic.twitter.com/vA5XxcXWp1
— Liverpool Offside (@LFCOffside) May 28, 2018
Liverpool are sending shockwaves around the footballing world.
? Barca wanted Keita. We bagged him
? PSG/Man U wanted Fabinho. We bagged him
Klopp has Liverpool firmly back on elite stage. Thank you Jurgen & @John_W_Henry
— Dijkinho (@Dijkinho) May 28, 2018
Importantly, the style and fit of the midfielder for the Reds was also noted
Really is a ridiculously good move for the Reds, the sort you'd chat about as being ideal but without the real sort of expectation it'd happen.
Just a very good fit!
— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) May 28, 2018
Naby and Fabinho had 16 yellow cards between them in the league, plus a single straight red. #lfc
— Dave Phillips (@lovefutebol) May 28, 2018
Fabinho is everything they tried to tell you N'Zonzi is and so much more
— ???????? (@SGEHJR) May 28, 2018
Don't know anything about this Fabinho but hope he's the kind of lad who won't stand for it when an opposing player takes out our star player and then elbows our keeper in the head. Be nice to have at least one of those.
— The Liverpool Way (@theliverpoolway) May 28, 2018
Michael Edwards also came in for plenty of praise for getting what could be another superb piece of business over the line
— Thom Gibbons (@TheBadgerG) May 28, 2018
Michael Edwards works bank holidays. Pass it on.
— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) May 28, 2018
If Liverpool line up with Fabinho, Keita and Fekir behind Mane, Firmino and Salah next season…. pic.twitter.com/X76m6ZKPv7
— Rory Greenfield (@RoryGreenfield) May 28, 2018
Edwards: What do you need?
Klopp: A six who can protect the defence, who is adept and winning the ball and who can also contribute to the attack.
Edwards: Say no more, Fam. pic.twitter.com/CF2RT6HW7z
— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) May 28, 2018
There’s also speculation as to what it could mean for current players in the squad…some more serious than others
Is he any good in goal? #Fabinho
— Ben Kelly (@bkelly776) May 28, 2018
1) Henderson’s career is done at LFC.
2) He’s a proper midfielder.
3) We found the brazilian for Bobby.
4) Virgil will become our captain.
5) We are finally investing in midfield.
— Jon (@_Jonardi) May 28, 2018
Fekir, Keita, Fabinho, Henderson, Milner, Oxlade, Gini. 6 players for 3 positions seems a bit excessive. Surely Gini makes way?
— Ishan Welde (@IshanWeldeLFC) May 28, 2018
Finally, journalists also weighed in on Fabinho’s likely contribution—and fans can start to get excited.
Fabinho is great. Well done Liverpool
— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) May 28, 2018
Fabinho arrived at Melwood with advisors today to complete the deal: First words: “I will try to create my own history at this football club. Hopefully, on a personal level, I’m able to win titles with this club.'
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) May 28, 2018
Fabinho will be first of a minimum of three more Liverpool signings this summer, in addition to the signing of Naby Keita. Talks expected with Lyon over signing of Nabil Fekir, while goalkeeper also an absolute priority. #LFC
— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) May 28, 2018
Liverpool have signed Brazil international #Fabinho.
The ideal coach, at the ideal team, in the ideal league for the 24-year old. Couldn't have thought of a better place for his development. Wishing him the best of luck in this new adventure. ?? pic.twitter.com/OArxXpy34V
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) May 28, 2018