Fabinho spoke to Philippe Coutinho about Liverpool fans in Brazil training before move

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Seven months on from joining Liverpool from Monaco for £44m and Fabinho finally seems to have adapted to his new surroundings.

A tough start for the 25-year-old saw him struggle to land a starting role under Jurgen Klopp, who favoured the likes of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum.

But over time he's improved considerably by adjusting to the pace and physicality of the Premier League and understanding his teammates.

Fabinho has started four of the last five league games for Liverpool and his awareness and composure has played a big role in the club's unbeaten run.

He's had to wait for his chance to impress and now the Brazilian is determined to kick on, despite reports suggesting he wants to leave.

"I was told there were rumours in the press, but I never said I wanted to leave Liverpool," Fabinho told UOL Esporte. "I knew I had to be patient to wait for my moment.

"I'm happy in Liverpool and I have no reason to leave. I knew it was a passing moment, I did not lament and did not cry about my fate. Now I just hope to increase my playing time."

Liverpool fans have certainly warmed to Fabinho in recent months and it sounds like the feeling is mutual.

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In a latest interview with LFC TV, Fabinho recalled being told by Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho in Brazil training once that Liverpool fans are "exceptional".

"I knew about Anfield on European nights, but it wasn't a very detailed knowledge, just the kind of things you pick up from the TV about stories and games you've watched," he said.

"I remember once with the national team, Coutinho was talking about the exceptional Liverpool fans.


"But now that I'm living it week in and week out, the atmosphere in the stadium, the reaction of the fans to every victory.

"You can see how fanatical the supporters are and how much they love their team. They really make a difference. The fans put on a show at every home game and it gives us an extra push."

Coutinho's move to Barcelona in January remains a sore subject for Liverpool fans, but they can at least be thankful to the Brazilian for singing their praises to Fabinho.

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