The £45m summer arrival quipped that he is keen to be reunited with his former Monaco team-mate in Merseyside. Over to you, Reds…
New Liverpool signing Fabinho has said he “will try to convince” good friend Kylian Mbappe to join him at Anfield, after revealing the 19-year-old World Cup winner congratulated him on his summer move to Merseyside.
Fabinho joined the Reds in May in a £45million deal from Monaco – where he played alongside teenage sensation Mbappe and together won the Ligue 1 title in 2016/17.
Mbappe then moved on to Paris Saint-Germain, who made him the second-most expensive footballer of all time, and won the French league and cup treble last term before lifting the World Cup with France this summer.
The tournament saw the youngster emerge as a worldwide star – scoring four goals and earning the best young player award.
Mbappe’s extraordinary form in Russia has seen him linked with a move to Real Madrid, who are searching for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo after his surprise move to Juventus.
But Fabinho quipped that he is hoping to tempt the France star to Liverpool instead.
When asked about the 19-year-old forward, the Reds midfielder said on Thursday: “Kylian Mbappe sent me a text message congratulating me for coming to Liverpool.
“Unfortunately I have not had a chance to congratulate him for what he did during this World Cup.
“What France did was fantastic. What Mbappe did in two years of professional football is amazing. He is a phenomenon and needs to be congratulated, and as soon as I have the chance I will.”
The Brazilian was then asked if he would also ask Mbappe to come to Liverpool, and he said with a smile: “He has already said for this season he will remain at PSG, but I will try slowly to convince him to come over.”
Fabinho was speaking after Liverpool’s 2-0 pre-season victory over Blackburn.
The new Reds star has impressed in his few appearances since joining the Reds in May, and he believes Jurgen Klopp’s rebuilt squad – which now also boasts Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and goalkeeper Alisson – can challenge for the Premier League title this season.
He will also face two more of his former Monaco colleagues in England this season, with Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva now at champions Manchester City.
Fabinho says he has been in touch with them, too, and has promised he will be “a bit harsh on them” should they face each other.
Asked if he believes the Reds are genuine title contenders this season, the new signing said: “I believe so.
“I believe we have a very good team and we will be able to fight for the title.
“I understand we have excellent players. We have an excellent manager (Jurgen Klopp). I understand also that City are the champions and last season they produced excellent football.
“We will do our best to get the title from them and make everyone happy here.”