Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has again admitted Roberto Firmino convinced him to turn down Manchester United.

The 25-year-old was linked with Old Trafford with Jose Mourinho desperate to add another defensive midfielder to his ranks.

But former Monaco midfielder Fabinho picked Anfield – and has spoken for the first time about why.

“Bobby (Firmino) played an important role in me coming here,” he told Sky Sports.

“Before coming here, I’d spoken to him about what it’s like at the club and what the city is like as well as the good areas to live in.

“It’s always good to have compatriots with you when you join a new club, so my friendship with him has been important.”

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