With the blast of the full-time whistle in Saturday’s Champions League final, the fantasy football season officially came to an end.
But with the World Cup tantalisingly close, it’s time to get seriously stuck into the Dream Team World Cup game.
But while we’ve been gearing up for the big one in Russia, Liverpool have been quietly getting things done in the transfer market by snapping up Monaco midfielder Fabinho.
And using our Dream Team metrics and WhoScored’s rating system, we’ve decided to take a look at what he could bring to the Premier League and the Reds midfield next season.
That was quick, wasn’t it?
Only hours after their Champions League defeat to Real Madrid, Liverpool confirmed the signing of Fabinho for £40 million.
The Brazilian is already quite well-known to Premier League fans, having been consistently linked with Man United for the last year or so.
But Liverpool got their first.
Fabinho made his name at Monaco, becoming an important member of the team that won the Ligue 1 title in 2016-17, as well as helping them reach the Champions League semi-final that season.
While the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva jumped ship last summer, the Brazilian stayed at the Stade Louis II for one more season and was probably their best player last term.
What will Fabinho bring to fantasy football?
Liverpool’s new signing is seriously tasty.
As a rock-hard defensive midfielder, he’ll be charged with breaking up play and dictating their tempo, as well as feeding in the Reds succulent attacking trio.
Fast, strong and agile, Fabinho was originally signed by Monaco as defender, before converting to a defensive central-midfielder.
But don’t let his defensive positioning fool you, as he also likes to get forward and will surely be preferred to the likes of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum in Jurgen Klopp’s three-man midfield.
Last season, Fabinho finished up with a WhoScored rating of 7.51, with seven goals and three assists to his name.
His rating made him the seventh-best player in France’s top-flight last season, while only Mohamed Salah (7.69) is the only Liverpool player who averaged a better rating in the Premier League this campaign.
So what will he cost on Dream Team?
We can estimate his price will be around the £3m mark, judging on the start of season prices of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Nemanja Matic and Fernandinho.
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