Fabinho, full name Fabio Henrique Tavares, is a patrolling defensive midfielder who agreed a deal to join Liverpool from AS Monaco on May 28, 2018.
The midfielder officially became a Red on July 1 and took the No.3 shirt for the team’s first pre-season friendly of the summer at Chester FC.
Jürgen Klopp preached patience when it came to the Brazilian’s adaptation to English football after five seasons in Ligue 1.
He would make his debut for the club on September 18, 2018, when he appeared as an injury-time substitute in a 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield in the Champions League.
He was handed his first start eight days later as the Reds were beaten 2-1 by Chelsea in the third round of the League Cup.
It was towards the end of October, though, where Fabinho began to find his feet in Klopp’s side. Man of the Match performances against Red Star Belgrade and Manchester United quickly followed.
He opened his goalscoring account for the club on Boxing Day, heading in Liverpool’s fourth of a 4-0 win over Newcastle United.
Fabinho’s dominant performances at the base of midfield led to him becoming an integral member of the team, while he adequately deputised at centre-back whenever called upon.
He would end his debut season on Merseyside with 41 appearances to his name and a Champions League winner’s medal after playing in the final with Tottenham Hotspur.