Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has given an interview to Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte on Thursday.
The 24-year-old is currently at the national team camp in New Jersey, as he prepares to start in a friendly against the United States tomorrow.
Fabinho was much asked about his recent arrival to Liverpool, and even though he’s still to make an official appearance for the Reds, he claims that his adaptation to the club has been absolutely fine.
“My start has been good, good adaptation. The pre-season was very good, we had nine friendlies and I played nine,” Fabinho told Globo Esporte. “It was good to play against English teams to see what the rhythm, the intensity and the physique are like.”
“The way the team played I got it right, the more experienced players helped me, the technical team as well.”
“Me and my wife are liking the city, we already have a home. Firmino is being a great guy, his family has given a good support to me and Alisson.”
“It’s been fine. Having Brazilians in the team helps. Now it’s really to make the debut. I’m fine, training well and prepared.”
Asked if English football puts him closer to the national team, he said: “I think so. The English league if not the best in the world, is among the two best. It has a much higher visibility than the French. Liverpool are also a giant club, which I think helps keep me closer to the Seleção. But what’s really going to help is that I play and play very often at my club. I hope to have a sequence to continue in the Seleção.”
As we’ve covered on Wednesday, Fabinho has been training in the right-back position, and that’s where he should start Brazil’s next game. He claimed that playing in midfield for his clubs may have ended his chances to play the World Cup for Brazil, but he’s ready to play in any role the manager wants.
“Having played more as a midfielder in the last two years at Monaco might have led me further away from the possibility of playing in the World Cup,” Fabinho said. “But there are other factors as well. The squad was playing very well, made a final stretch in the qualifiers, the group was very good, the manager didn’t change many players, had his reliable men and it was working. It was difficult to get into that team, but maybe the change helped too.”