Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has admitted that he has finally found his rhythm at Anfield after a difficult start to life in England.
The Brazilian moved to the Premier League in a £40 million move from French side Monaco having attracted the attentions of some of Europes biggest clubs.
While many Liverpool fans were hugely impressed with the capture of the highly-rated star, Jurgen Klopp always maintained that it would take a while for him to settle in the Premier League.
That prediction turned out to be accurate, although in recent weeks, the 25-year-old has started getting more game time for the league leaders, and he put in an impressive performance in his last outing against Manchester United on Sunday.
He bagged a fine assist as Sadio Mane opened the scoring for the Reds, and speaking to the official Liverpool website, he has opened up about his integration into English football.
“The intensity is different from what I am used to (but) I’ve got into the rhythm of the team and got used to the style of play,” he said.
“The role that the manager asks of me is what I’m used to, so there were no problems in adapting in that respect.
“Obviously in the first games I didn’t have that automatic understanding with the rest of the team, so I had to work a bit harder to understand other players’ runs, but I can do this faster now.”
Fabinho has spent the majority of his career playing in France, and he, like many others before him, has insisted that the Premier League’s physicality and competitiveness is what sets it apart from other leagues in the world.
“Nothing has surprised me,” he added. “When I came here I already had an idea about how the Premier League would be, but the difference is the physically intense nature, the difficulty of every single game, whether you’re playing against a team who are at the top or the bottom.
“It’s always a big challenge. I don’t remember many games that we’ve won by a large margin, which demonstrates the competitiveness.
“It’s what I expected from following it on the TV, but playing in it, you really appreciate that it is the most competitive league in the world and the hardest championship to win.”
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