Liverpool star Fabinho was spotted in a private chat with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez in the tunnel following Real Madrid’s 3-1 win on Tuesday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s side face a huge task next Wednesday to overcome Loss in the quarter-finals first leg Tuesday. Los Blancos missed the winners 3-1, in part due to mistakes from Liverpool. Indeed, Trent Alexander-Arnold and defenders Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Phillips have had shaky times.
This setback has led to a big admission from Reds full-back Andy Robertson ahead of the second leg.
Despite the manner of Liverpool’s defeat, midfielder Fabinho was still able to find time to laugh and joke with Perez after the game. The Brazilian stayed at the Bernabeu in 2012, after joining Rio Ave.
However, he spent most of his time playing for the Castilla squad, where he made over 30 appearances.
He was eventually handed over to his senior debut by Jose Mourinho towards the end of the season. It came when he played off the bench in a 6-2 win over Malaga.
But he never really nailed a place and eventually left for Monaco, where he became a household name.
After the game, Real Madrid winger Vinicius joined Fabinho and the man who brought him to the club, Perez, for a quick chat.
According to Marca, Perez pointed out how much Fabinho’s game has changed since his stint with Los Blancos.
“With us you played as a right-back,” Florentino recalled from the Liverpool defensive midfielder.
Fabinho would then have replied: “Yes, but to play right away… What player do you have in Vinicius.”
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Fabinho’s qualities highlighted
Although Fabinho can still play the right-back, he’s known as a midfielder these days. Of course, he had to cover a lot in central defense for Liverpool too.
Fabinho’s development as a world-class midfielder was certainly one thing Alberto Toril, his former coach at Real Madrid Castilla, never saw it coming.
“He was very shy, but you could immediately see his potential as a player,” Toril said. Goal.
“When he arrived he was in a bit of a strange position for the type of footballer he was. He was six feet tall, but he was a right-back, which is unusual, right?
“He played occasionally as a central defender, but never as a midfielder. At the time, he just wasn’t considered a midfielder, although we didn’t know where his best position would be in the future.
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