Liverpool’s new midfielder Fabinho is about to make his competitive debut for the club, and has spoken to ESPN Brasil before the season kicks off this weekend.

Joining the Anfield side during a time when there’s a special affection for Brazilian players, the 24-year-old claims he will now fight to be loved just like his compatriots have been by fans in the past few years.

“It’s great to know that the club have this affection for Brazilians,” Fabinho told ESPN Brasil. “Knowing that the Brazilians who have been here were successful, as Lucas Leiva stayed 10 years here, Philipe Coutinho stayed for a long time too.

“Now Firmino, since he arrived, he’s had great performances and has had great affection from the fans too. As I said it’s very good, I hope to also perform well, give my best for the team and be treated with affection by them too.”

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“At Liverpool I have adapted well, the games we have done have gone well. I hope to be an important part here as I was at Monaco.”

Regarding the start of his work under Jurgen Klopp, the player has claimed that it’s not only the technical part that the manager has been exigent about him. His staff has also been working so the midfielder gets to a new physical level: “A manager who demands a lot of his players, not only in games, but on a daily basis, in training.

“Both he and his technical staff, physical coach, are always with me, I was told things that I need to improve, things that no one told me before. Off the pitch things, strengthening, I have worked with them on this. And that’s one thing that people hadn’t told me, I’m trying to improve every detail for me to have a very good performance on the pitch, and this has been positive for me, I’ve been working on it and I’m hoping to keep evolving.”

Fabinho has the chance to make his Premier League debut for Liverpool on Sunday, when the Reds take on West Ham United at Anfield.