Fabinho was something of a surprise signing for Liverpool last summer..

Report suggests that Liverpool bought Fabinho for the same money Emre Can wanted

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Fabinho has had an interesting Liverpool career so far since joining in the summer.

The Brazilian was a surprise signing - the rumours started on the same day he signed - and one that generated a lot of hype.

Here was the defensive midfielder that the Reds had been crying out for and he was going to transform their midfield.

But the fans had to wait. Jurgen Klopp certainly didn't want to rush his new signing and Fabinho didn't actually get on the pitch until mid-September.

Even then he got under a minute against Paris Saint-Germain. His first Premier League start didn't arrive until October 27th.

Fabinho was eased in slowly but he's now an influential player for Klopp. He's played the full 90 minutes in Liverpool's last five games and done so very well.

If he keeps progressing at the rate he has, he'll go on to become a world-class player for the club. Although he's already justifying his fee.

Liverpool paid an initial £39 million to AS Monaco for Fabinho - a great deal in the current market and one that looks even better in light of a report from The Times.

Paul Joyce claims that the overall cost for Fabinho was roughly the same as it would have taken to keep Emre Can.

Fabinho has fit in very well at Anfield.

Now, all things considered, it's safe to say that Liverpool made the right choice.

Juventus bumped up Can's wage to lure him from Liverpool, as well as paying a reported €15m to his agent as part of the deal.

He hasn't exactly been a success, however. He's only started nine Serie A game and none in the Champions League.

Emre Can is yet to set the world alight with Juventus.

Can is a little out of favour, too, playing under 20 minutes in three of Juve's last four games.

Fabinho, on the other hand, continues to go from strength to strength.

The Brazilian is arguably already a more important player to Liverpool than Can ever was - and he's only just getting started.

You can add this one to the ever-growing list of victories for Michael Edwards.

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