Tim Sherwood has claimed that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rejected the chance to sign former Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong by bringing in Fabinho from Monaco instead.
Fabinho was announced by the Reds days after their 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final last May, with the Brazilian becoming influential in Klopp’s side since arriving at Anfield.
The midfielder has never lost a game in which he has played for Liverpool but speaking to The Analysis Show, former Tottenham manager Sherwood claimed it might have been De Jong – who joined Barcelona from Ajax earlier this year – lining up in the Reds’ midfield.
“[Fabinho] has picked up some injuries during the time he’s been at Liverpool,” the pundit said. “I know that there were a couple of players that were offered to Jurgen Klopp.
“Frenkie de Jong, the boy from Ajax, who ended up going to Barcelona, who is a more controlled, cultured player. Or someone like Fabinho who likes to play at that tempo and break up the game a little bit more and gets around the pitch. So he had one choice.
“It’s an easy job, I think we’ve said it time and time again on this show, to scout for Jurgen Klopp is easy because we know exactly how he wants to play.
“We know how he wants to play, we know what he likes from his midfield players, industrious midfield players who like to keep it simple, can move forward with the pace of the game, like Fabinho does. He is very important.”
Liverpool return to action following the international break when they face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park next weekend.