Following their summer activity, football fans were tipping Liverpool to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title this season.
Jurgen Klopp brought in Fabinho, Naby Keita, Alisson and Xherdan Shaqiri for around £175 million.
And while eight wins and zero losses from their 11 league matches so far is a decent start to a league season, Klopp’s side aren’t quite fully firing.
And the German boss will be looking for much more from two of his four summer signings.
While Alisson and Shaqiri have made promising starts to their Liverpool careers, Keita and Fabinho haven’t.
Keita has played 10 times in all competitions but has missed the last couple of weeks with a hamstring injury.
As for Fabinho, the Brazilian struggled to make the matchday squad when he first arrived but has disappointed recently when he has appeared.
That’s £96 million worth of talent right there.
There’s hope that Keita will soon discover the form he showed at RB Leipzig after showing glimpses since his £48 million arrival.
But there’s a bit more concern for Fabinho.
And Liverpool journalist Chris Bascombe has dropped his honest opinion on the 25-year-old following his start to life at Anfield.
Bascombe wrote an article in the Telegraph analysing Liverpool’s poor form in which they’ve won just three times in their previous nine matches.
And in the tweet promoting his article, Bascombe gave his thoughts on Fabinho.
He wrote: “Be quite useful to LFC if midfielders signed for combined £96m show up before Xmas. Know everyone thought Fabinho great in few games (I didn’t) but this ‘it took Ox/Robertson time, too’ argument has become a shield for really disappointing return so far.”
It’s been more than five months since Liverpool announced the signing of Fabinho from Monaco but the defensive midfielder has admitted that he’s still struggling to adapt.
“I’m not totally settled just yet,” he said.
“I’m still adapting to here but I believe that I’m now used to the football style, especially when it comes to the intensity of the game which is really different from the league that I came from.”
Liverpool fans are just hoping that he - along with Keita - start repaying their hefty transfer fees.News Now - Sport News