Liverpool’s summer signing of defensive midfielder Fabinho surprised most fans. The club hadn’t been linked with the Brazilian, yet suddenly it was announced a £39 million deal had been completed. Fabinho had been an important part of a stunning Monaco side. Alongside the likes of Falcao, Thomas Lemar, and Benjamin Mendy, Monaco won the 2016-17 Ligue 1 title. Now, many of those players have been sold and the lack of Fabinho and company has hit Monaco hard. Monaco’s loss was Liverpool’s gain and a real coup for the club.
The Reds made out well when they signed the midfielder. But after just a few months at Anfield, and only just recently becoming a regular, reports indicate Jurgen Klopp is ready to sell Fabinho.
Reports from French publication Le Parisien claimed Fabinho was ‘bored’ at Anfield and wanted to move to Paris Saint-Germain. The reports seemed to quiet down with the Brazilian gaining more first-team action. However, over the weekend, new claims of Fabinho being sold were made.
Liverpool are said to be ready to offload Fabinho in an attempt to sign Borussia Dortmund’s American midfielder Christian Pulisic. The American international is just 20-years old and has the potential to be one of the best United States players of all-time (his development can be completely credited to Dortmund after going unknown growing up in the U.S., however).
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Pulisic’s Dortmund contract expires in 2020, and signing the midfielder in January seems a bit premature. The Reds still need midfield cover until at least next summer when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will return from injury. In recent weeks, Fabinho’s importance has been shown as injuries have hit players in the midfield including captain Jordan Henderson and James Milner. Adam Lallana’s form has also been extremely poor and limiting Klopp’s defensive midfield options right now would be foolish.
Signing Pulisic would be a great move on several levels. For one, he is a good player that can thrive under Klopp. He also makes Liverpool even more marketable to a hungry American football (soccer) audience.
But shelling out £70 million for him in the summer seems a smarter, more likely move. Pulisic would be a great replacement for Lallana, who could be sold in the summer as injuries and poor form continue to take their toll on him. Despite the rumours of Fabinho being sold, the fact that he has played more recently coupled with injuries to other players shows he needs to be kept around.