Pool new boy Fabinho reveals how Firmino influenced move

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Liverpool moved quickly to get the Fabinho deal done virtually under the radar but they have no such hope if they pursue Alisson after Roma's sporting director Monchi was moved to speak about the goalkeeper's situation.

Le 10 Sport are among the sources to report on Liverpool's pursuit of Lemar in the past, and landing both him and Fekir to play alongside Fabinho and the incoming Naby Keita (confirmed last summer by BBC Sport) looks very exciting for LFC fans.

Speaking to Liverpool.com, Fabinho said, "I believe I am a player that can organise the game well for my team".

Liverpool are one of a number of Premier League clubs understood to be interested in signing the Ivory Coast worldwide for next season.

Fekir scored in France's first warmup friendly at home to the Republic of Ireland on Monday night, and would be an exciting addition to Klopp's attacking ranks.

He was a key figure in Monaco's Ligue 1-winning season in 2016/2017.

But Fekir played down his comments, and said: "If Fabinho is to be my future team-mate?"

The French global made "it clear [to Aulas] he wants a move to Anfield and would like his future decided before the World Cup starts".

"This signing gives us new opportunities and for that I am excited".

Liverpool manager Klopp is thought to be a big admirer of Fekir, with reports claiming the German sees him as the ideal replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who the Reds didn't replace after a £142million move to Barcelona in January.

"He is a very good player, of global level", Fabinho said. "Honestly, I don't know".

Despite the British press suggesting Liverpool are in pole position to sign Lyon's £61m-rated captain, the club's president Jean-Michel Aulas insists he has not received a bid from the English side.

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