Liverpool Transfers: Fabinho signing shows Klopp is already planning title bid
Liverpool land talented midfielder from Monaco, as Klopp refuses to be depressed by Champions League defeat and start building for next season. Max Liu reports on a big signing and the Reds' latest Premier League 2018/19 title odds.
"Liverpool can compete with the best teams in the Premier League and beyond. They haven't won the League since 1990 and Klopp is determined to be the manager who ends the drought and brings the title back to Anfield."
Never a club to dwell on disappointment, Liverpool have dusted themselves down after Saturday's Champions League Final defeat to Real Madrid and pulled off a transfer coup. Fabinho, the 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder, has been signed from Monaco for around £40m.
The signing is a coup for Liverpool and, more importantly, a sign that Jurgen Klopp is already planning for next season. The Reds endured a traumatic night in Kiev but they have improved enormously this season and Klopp clearly believes that, with a few additions in the right places, they can challenge for the Premier League title next season.
Liverpool are [7.0] second favourites, behind Manchester City [1.65], in the 2018/19 winner market.
Who is new Liverpool signing Fabinho?
The Reds moved quickly to land one of the most promising young players in Europe after his impressive form for Monaco.
Fabinho came to Monaco as a right-back but has, for the past couple of seasons, played in midfield. Unlike many of the players who helped Monaco win Ligue 1 in 2017 - like Kylian Mbappe and Timeoue Bakayoko - Fabinho stayed on for another season, knuckled down and developed as a player.
He is seen by Klopp as a replacement for Emre Can who is expected to leave Liverpool for Juventus.
Reds already building for next season
The second-half of Liverpool's season was a whirlwind, which really got going with their Champions League quarter-final over Manchester City. Not only have they beaten some of the best teams in Europe, and played with an attacking vim that has won them admirers across the continent, they've also tightened up at the back, in part thanks to the arrival of Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool can compete with the best teams in the Premier League and beyond. They haven't won the League since 1990 and Klopp is determined to be the manager who ends the drought and brings the title back to Anfield.
Fabinho's signing is a coup for the club, as the midfielder has plenty of other high-profile suitors, and it means that, with Naby Keita also about to arrive from Red Bull Leipzing, Liverpool will undoubtedly be stronger next season.